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Horizon signs early work agreements with Areva and Westinghouse

Horizon Nuclear Power has signed early work agreements with Westinghouse and Areva for preparatory design work for its proposed new station in North Wales.

Horizon Nuclear Power has signed early work agreements with rival firms Areva and Westinghouse - Areva for its European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) and Westinghouse through its delivery organisation Nuclear Power Delivery UK for the AP1000 reactor.

Under the agreement both firms will carry out site specific designs for their reactors on Horizon’s site in Wylfa on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales. Work will continue until the end of 2010 when Horizon, which is a joint venture between Eon and RWE, hopes to select a vendor.

Both reactor designs are currently undergoing the Generic Design Assessment - a pre-certification process scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011. The next quarterly assessment for both is due to be released this month.

“We are delighted that Horizon has awarded us this early work agreement which will further support our plans for a fleet of EPRTM reactors in the UK,” said Areva UK Country President Jean-Jacques Gautrot. “To back this objective, we have identified more than 60 British companies as potential suppliers of engineering equipment and services following an intensive year-long selection process.”

“This is a welcome demonstration from Horizon that they are progressing the option for building new nuclear plants in the UK, starting at Wylfa in North Wales,” said Nuclear Power Delivery UK managing director Rita Bowser. “We are working closely with Horizon to ensure we make them the best possible proposal in terms of the AP1000 design, and we are preparing for success so that we are well positioned to move quickly if we are selected as their preferred choice around the end of 2010.”


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