AREVA Announces Fourth U.S. Supplier Day in Missouri
March 09, 2011
March 9, 2011
AREVA announced today it will partner with Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future to conduct a Supplier Day event on March 31 in Jefferson City, Mo., that will explain the manufacturing, jobs, educational and other economic benefits of a new nuclear power facility in the state. The Supplier Day will enable AREVA to begin the process of identifying and certifying new partner companies that could supply, service and build clean energy facilities in Missouri, the United States and internationally.
Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future, whose membership includes all of the electricity providers in the state, is endorsing legislation in support of an early site permit application for new nuclear power generation in Missouri. AREVA’s U.S. EPR™ technology is one of the choices under consideration. Building a nuclear facility requires many workers with specialized qualifications and a well-developed U.S. supply chain – AREVA and its partners are taking concrete steps now to ensure these are in place.
“A new nuclear plant project in Missouri would create thousands of jobs, spur billions of dollars of regional investment and stabilize the state’s electric rates for decades once built,” said Mike Rencheck, Chief Operating Officer of AREVA Inc.
“Initiatives that will enable Missouri to obtain a site permit for a second nuclear power plant are critical for the state to develop generation options and create a path for future economic growth and development,” Rencheck added.
A new U.S. EPR™ project would create up to 11,000 direct and indirect jobs during component manufacturing and plant construction. Over the 60 year life of the plant, it would result in more than 500 permanent jobs and annual tax revenues of nearly $100 million.
The event will be AREVA’s fourth U.S. Supplier Day; the first three were held in Baltimore, Md., Columbus, Ohio and Idaho Falls, Idaho, respectively. Manufacturers that become AREVA Certified Suppliers will join the 165 other U.S. companies already certified with opportunities to participate in AREVA projects around the world.
Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of small and large businesses, labor, farmers, associations, trade groups and Missouri citizens, who understand that securing Missouri’s reliable energy sources for tomorrow means making common sense decisions today.