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AREVA welcomes the decision of the UK government to build two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C. On July 28, 2016, EDF’s board approved the final investment decision. Within the scope of this project, AREVA NP will supply the nuclear steam supply system, the instrumentation and control system and the first fuel loads.
The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation validated the EPR design in 2012. The EPR is the only Gen III+ reactor to be certified in the UK. The EPR reactor is the only reactor with a capacity of more than 1600 MW and is the result of extensive research and development programs. With four units at different test phases around the world, the EPR has a wide-ranging construction experience.
Philippe Knoche, Chief Executive Officer, AREVA, declared: “AREVA welcomes this historic decision for the UK nuclear industry. AREVA will be fully involved in the Hinkley Point C project along with EDF, UK and French industry and Chinese partners.”
Bernard Fontana, Chief Executive Officer, AREVA NP, added: “This key decision for the nuclear industry offers AREVA NP teams a major perspective. They stand ready to bring their experience to ensure the exemplary execution of this industrial program.”