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Utilities Form Advisory Board to Launch AREVA’s Next Generation Fuel Assembly Design in the United States

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July 15, 2014

AREVA's GAIA fuel for PWR reactors

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 15, 2014 – Six U.S. nuclear utilities have established a technical advisory board for the deployment of GAIA, AREVA’s next generation pressurized water reactor fuel assembly design. These six utilities – including Dominion, Duke Energy, Exelon and PSEG – share a common interest in ensuring the technical advancement and demonstration of this fuel for the U.S. market.

As part of this program, one of the utilities will operate a set of eight lead test assemblies starting in spring 2015.

“The GAIA fuel assembly was developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of nuclear utilities, and is focused on ensuring the safety and robustness of nuclear fuel operations,” said Ron Land, senior vice president of the Fuel Business Unit, AREVA Inc. “Successfully used in 2012 in the Ringhals power plant in Sweden, GAIA offers customers optimal performance and a high burn-up capability.”

The innovative GAIA fuel design provides cost-savings for utilities through its high mechanical fretting resistance, better thermal performance and increased tolerance to earthquakes. The design also features advanced cladding that will meet anticipated changes in U.S. regulatory requirements.

AREVA Inc. Press Office

Denise Woernle
AREVA Inc. North America
(434) 832-3848

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