AREVA Enlists Companies in Ohio to Supply, Build New EPR™ Nuclear Plants
December 04, 2009
December 4, 2009
AREVA held its second U.S. Supplier Day today in Columbus to identify and begin certification of new partner companies to help supply and build U.S. EPR™ nuclear plants in the United States, including possibly one in southern Ohio, and other export opportunities around the world. Representatives from more than 100 companies attended the event.
Several leading energy companies, including AREVA, formed an alliance in June to develop America's first clean energy park project at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) site in Piketon, Ohio. The Southern Ohio Clean Energy Park Alliance1 will evaluate the DOE Portsmouth site as a potential location for a new nuclear power plant. The initial focus of the project is on AREVA's U.S. EPR™ technology.
Additionally, several companies have submitted license applications to build U.S. EPR™ nuclear plants and more are under consideration. AREVA plans to invest more than $3 billion in the U.S. energy infrastructure, such as the AREVA New-port News facility in Virginia and Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility in Idaho, and has already begun creating new jobs.
"AREVA came to Ohio to look for partners to manufacture and supply the thousands of components and to build U.S. EPR™ nuclear plants that are truly 'Made in America,' and further realize our vision of revitalizing America's energy infra-structure," said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of AREVA NP Inc. "We have been overwhelmed by the strong response to our call for partners and look forward to moving ahead with projects to generate clean electricity and create new jobs, manufacturing, and tax revenues for U.S. communities."
A new U.S. EPR™ project would create up to 11,000 direct and indirect jobs during component manufacturing and plant construction. Additionally, it would create more than 400 permanent jobs and spur billions of dollars of investment into the regional economy. Such a project would require hundreds of qualified suppliers and subcontractors. When complete, the 1,600+ Megawatt U.S. EPR™ nuclear plant would produce reliable, CO2-free, baseload electricity for more than 1.6 million households.
1. Duke Energy, AREVA, UniStar Nuclear Energy, USEC Inc. and the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) comprise the Southern Ohio Clean Energy Park Alliance