Areva signed an industrial cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce to help deliver its fleet of European pressurised reactors (EPR) for new nuclear build in the UK and beyond.
The agreement was signed at the Royal Academy of Engineering by Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon and Rolls-Royce chief executive Sir John Rose with UK Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Green in attendance.
“We are delighted that Rolls-Royce, a worldwide symbol of excellence, will become a major industrial partner
of Areva,” said Lauvergeon. “We look forward to sharing processes, knowledge and skills to ensure that UK industry can perform a key role in manufacturing the new plants to be built in Britain and abroad.”
Areva has been chosen to build the nuclear steam generating systems for the first four EPR reactors which are planned for construction in the UK by EdF and is competing for a further four reactors for Horizon Nuclear Power.
The group is also in discussions with NuGen for the construction of two EPR reactors.
Within the scope of these projects, an estimated 70 to 80 per cent of the total auxiliary equipment manufacturing could be available to UK companies and a similar percentage for civil construction.
It is also estimated that the manufacture and construction of each twin set of EPR reactors in the country will support over 20, 000 jobs at its peak.
To maximise the contribution of local companies, Areva has reached an agreement with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to act as its manufacturing sourcing and competence hub to identify and assist other British manufacturing companies that wan to enter the civil nuclear market for the first time.