Westinghouse, Areva to build 44 steam generators for EDF nukes

29 September 2011

EDF has awarded contracts to Westinghouse and Areva for the supply of 44 replacement steam generators for its 1300 MW class PWR nuclear reactors.

Following an international call for bids launched in 2010, EDF has selected AREVA to supply 32 of the steam generators at a contract value of around 1.1 billion euros. According to the schedule drawn up by EDF, 16 steam generators are to be delivered in July 2016, eight in January 2017 and a further eight in January 2018.

AREVA has already secured the necessary supplies and manufacturing capability at its Chalon Saint Marcel and Le Creusot plants.

Westinghouse Electric Company in France has been awarded a Euros500m contract to supply the remaining 12 replacement steam generators. Westinghouse, now a group company of Toshiba Corporation, has supplied more than 80 steam generators globally since 1987. For this contract it will provide engineering design, analysis, and fabrication for what it calls its technologically advanced steam generators, and will deliver them in collaboration with several industrial partners, including Valinox Nucleaire in France for the manufacture of steam generator tubes, Mangiarotti S.p.A. in Italy for the steam generator assembly, and also other European forging companies. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurised water reactor in 1957 and its technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 % of those in the United States

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