Areva partners on new nuclear with U.K. companies

Together with agreements already announced with Rolls-Royce, the scope of work could be worth up to $645 million to British industry

Areva announced today that it has signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with 25 U.K.-based companies for the supply of components and services for new EPRTM nuclear reactors planned for the U.K.

These companies cover a wide range of products and services, including forgings, valves, pumps, cranes, electronics, piping, tanking and refrigeration units.

Together with agreements already announced with Rolls-Royce, the scope of work could be worth up to $645 million to British industry.

In all, Areva has already identified 50 companies based in the U.K. with potential capability to meet the scope. Of these 50, the 25 companies who have signed MOUs are pre-qualified and for the other 25, Areva is committed to start a pre-qualification process once it receives a firm order from EDF Energy.

The government-backed Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Center has agreed to support all 50 U.K. companies, to pre-qualify, qualify and then bid for work.

The agreements relate to the two EPRTM reactors planned by EDF Energy at Hinkley Point for which a site licence was granted last month. The collaboration could also extend to other EPRTM reactors including those planned at Sizewell. Areva has furthermore taken additional actions to enlarge the number of suppliers beyond the 50 already identified at this stage.

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