AREVA : UK: Major Milestone for EPR(TM) Reactor Certification
12/14/2011| 08:45am US/Eastern
AREVA (Paris:AREVA) is delighted with the decision by the United
Kingdom's Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to issue an interim Design
Acceptance Confirmation (iDAC) for the EPRTM reactor
following a four-year Generic Design Assessment process.
This achievement is a major step forward for the construction of EPRTM
reactors in the UK selected by EDF Energy.
The issuing of the IDAC follows the signing this past July between
between AREVA and EDF of a contract for the manufacture of heavy
forgings required for critical components for the Hinkley Point C EPRTM
Alain-Pierre Raynaud, Chairman of AREVA UK, said: "This is a very
important moment. After four years of the most detailed and careful
examination of the EPRTM design by the UK
regulators, they have concluded that they are largely satisfied with
both the design and the safety case of our technology and are prepared
to issue an Interim Design Acceptance Confirmation for the UK.
"We have already closed out a number of the outstanding issues and
look forward to satisfying the regulators on any remaining questions,
including those raised following Fukushima. This will open the way to
construction of the first EPRTM in the UK and
all the benefits our low carbon technology will bring to assure energy
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its
expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency
and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible development is
anchored in a process of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA's unique
integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle,
nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group
is also expanding in renewable energies - wind, solar, bioenergies,
hydrogen and storage - to be one of the top three in this sector
worldwide in 2012.
With these two major offers, AREVA's 48,000 employees are helping to
supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest
number of people.
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