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AREVA Congratulates PPL for Submitting a Combined License Application for a New U.S. EPR in Pennsylvania

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October 10, 2008

October 10, 2008

AREVA congratulates PPL Corporation for submitting a combined construction and operating license application (COLA) for a potential new nuclear reactor to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The COLA seeks regulatory approvals to potentially build a new 1,600 megawatt pressurized water reactor in Luzerne County, Pa.,  where PPL currently operates two reactors at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.

The application is the fourth to reference AREVA’s U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR). UniStar Nuclear Energy referenced the U.S. EPR in its applications for potential new plants at Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland and most recently at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station in upstate New York. In July, AmerenUE submitted an application to the NRC for a potential U.S. EPR in Missouri.

“We applaud PPL for submitting the license application for Bell Bend. The submission of a fourth U.S. EPR application marks another important step on the path of certainty toward the operation of new nuclear reactors in the United States,” said Tom Christopher, Chief Executive Officer of AREVA Inc.

The AREVA EPR is an evolutionary 1,600+ MW net electrical output pressurized water reactor design based on proven technology. The EPR incorporates significant improvements in safety and economics over previous technologies, operating at a lower cost over the expected life of the plant and providing unparalleled safety margins for the 21st century.


Jarret Adams
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4637
Email: jarret.adams@areva.com

Véronique Larlham
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4503
Email: veronique.larlham@areva.com