atw 2018-03v6


atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March

New AREVA (Orano) and

CNNC acknowledge the

substantial progress made

in the negociation of the

contract for the Chinese commercial

used fuel treatmentrecycling

plant project

(n-a) New AREVA and its Chinese

partner China National Nuclear Corporation

(CNNC) signed on 9 January

2018 in Beijing, in the presence of the

President of the People’s Republic of

China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the

President of the French Republic, Mr.

Emmanuel Macron, a memorandum

of commercial agreement for the

Chinese commercial used fuel treatment-recycling

plant project.

Through this memorandum, New

AREVA and CNNC reaffirm their

mutual commitment to complete the

negotiations of the contract for the

Chinese commercial used fuel treatment-recycling

plant project at the

soonest, to launch the project in 2018,

and acknowledge the substantial progress

made in the negotiation during

the past few months.

The Chinese treatment-recycling

plant (800 tons capacity) will be built

on the model of the La Hague and

Melox plants recognized for their

proven technologies, highest standards

of safety and security, and

industrial performance.

Philippe Knoche, Chief Executive

Officer of New AREVA, commented:

“CNNC and New AREVA have stepped

up their efforts to reach agreement on

the contract and we are seeing today

very positive results. I am looking

forward to finalizing the negotiations

soon, and starting the implementation

of this landmark project with

our partner CNNC in 2018.”

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CASTOR® casks support

dismantling in Switzerland

GNS supplies eight spent fuel casks for

the final fuel elements of the Mühleberg

nuclear power plant.

GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-

Service mbH and BKW Energie AG

have concluded a contract for the

supply of eight CASTOR® V/52 transport

and storage casks. The casks to be

delivered in 2021 are designated for

the remaining fuel elements of the

Mühleberg nuclear power plant in

Switzerland, which is to be shut-down

at the end of 2019. After the final fuel

elements have been transferred to the

central Swiss interim storage facility

ZWILAG, the boiling water reactor

plant, which was commissioned in

1972, will be fuel-free. This is a decisive

prerequisite for efficient dis mantling.

With its casks, GNS ensures this

important step in the decommissioning

process of the Mühleberg nuclear

power plant and supports the first decommissioning

project in Switzerland

in its optimised dis mantling.

The supply contract was preceded

by a contract for the licensing of

CASTOR® V/52 for Switzerland,

which was concluded last year.

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MHI completes investment

into France’s Framatome

• MHI acquires 19.5 percent stake in

Framatome, based on prior agreement

from July 2017

• EDF and MHI to collaborate on

ATMEA nuclear reactor jointventure

(framatome) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,

Ltd. (MHI) has completed

investment into Framatome, a French

company that designs and manufactures

nuclear power plant (NPP)

equipment and systems and renamed

from New NP. MHI now holds a 19.5 %

equity stake in Framatome, an affiliate

of Electricité de France (EDF) recently

established as part of the reorganization

of AREVA Group. The investment

is aimed at establishing a global

structure for delivering the latest

technologies for safe and reliable

nuclear power generation through

strategic collaboration between MHI,

Framatome and EDF. It will also

support the promotion of sales of the

ATMEA1 reactor through collaboration

with EDF.

| | The representatives from BKW Energie AG and GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

on the occasion of signing the contract for CASTOR® casks. (Courtesy: GNS)

Framatome evolved from AREVA

NP, an AREVA Group company

with extensive experience in design

and manufacture of NPP equipment,

plant construction and fuel supply.

Framatome will specialize in aftersale

servicing of existing plants as

well as fuel supply, and the design,

manufacture and sale of reactor

equipment for new plants; an area

expected to generate stable earnings.

The completion of the investment

will also result in a reorganization of

ATMEA. ATMEA was formed as a joint

venture between MHI and AREVA

NP to develop the next-generation

ATMEA1 reactor. Under the new

structure, there will be fifty-fifty

ownership of ATMEA between MHI

and EDF, along with a special share

owned by Framatome.

Following completion of the investment,

MHI President and CEO

Shunichi Miyanaga commented,

“MHI has been a key player in cooperation

between Japan and France in

the development of nuclear power

generation technologies for many

years. With the completion of our

investment into Framatome, a new

structure has been created that will

further strengthen the ties between

our nuclear energy industries, and I

am confident this new relationship

will enable further improvement in

technologies to ensure the long-term

sustainability and reliability of nuclear


Under the new arrangement, MHI,

EDF and Framatome will collaborate

in promoting worldwide sales of the

ATMEA1 reactor. Further, cooperative

ties between France and Japan’s

nuclear power industries will be

strengthened in areas including equipment

supply to NPPs, after-sale servicing,

and decommissioning work.

Cooperation between MHI and

the AREVA Group began in the 1990s

with collaboration in the fuel cycle

business. In 2006 the two parties

concluded a wider cooperation agreement

in the nuclear energy field.

Following this, integration of the two

partners’ technologies resulted in

development of the ATMEA1; a

pressurized water reactor (PWR), in

the 1,200 megawatt (MW) class, providing

the world’s highest levels of

safety and reliability. Since that time,

prospects for the sale of the ATMEA1

have been expanding worldwide,

especially in emerging economies,

where new NPP construction plans

are moving ahead.

Going forward, through the increasingly

close ties forged with EDF,




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