October 10, 2008

Areva-Bechtel Power Consortium to Complete Engineering Works for Areva US EPR

An Areva-Bechtel Power Corporation consortium has been awarded a multi-year contract from UniStar Nuclear Energy to complete detailed design engineering for a proposed Areva US evolutionary power reactor adjacent to Constellation Energy's Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby, Maryland.

The scope includes full plant specifications and design of plant facilities and buildings. This will provide UniStar Nuclear Energy the information needed to make important decisions about plant-equipment purchases and construction-site preparations, should a final decision be made to build a plant.

The design will benefit from experience gained from four evolutionary power reactors (EPRs) under construction, including one in Finland, one in France, and two in China, said Areva. In the US, UniStar Nuclear Energy and two of its partners, AmerenUE and PPL, are developing plans for US EPRs in Maryland, New York, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Tom Christopher, CEO of Areva, said: "This new multi-year agreement now involves nearly 500 Areva and Bechtel engineers. With the design certification application submittal and UniStar's combined license application on track, we are ready to complete the next step on the path of certainty toward commercial operation of the first US EPR."