AREVA Inc.’s Richland Fuel Manufacturing Facility Celebrates 45 Years of Innovation and Excellence
October 30, 2015
RICHLAND, Wash., Oct. 30, 2015 – AREVA Inc. is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the dedication of its Horn Rapids Road nuclear fuel manufacturing facility in Richland, Wash. In 45 years of operation, the facility has produced and advanced world-class nuclear fuel designs and fuel-related products, and now serves as AREVA’s Operational Center of Excellence in Fuel Manufacturing.
“Our facility has grown tremendously in the last 45 years and today we are proud to supply about one-third of the U.S. market for nuclear fuel,” said Ron Land, Richland site manager and senior vice president of AREVA’s Fuel business unit, U.S. region. “As we celebrate this milestone, we also recognize our employees’ skills and their dedication to their work, to operational excellence and to our strong safety culture.”
On Oct. 30, 1970, the Jersey Nuclear Company officially dedicated the Richland site after a year of planning and construction. The original facility employed about 60 employees and consisted of three buildings.
Today, the fuel manufacturing site hosts more than 600 employees working in 40 buildings to provide fuel and services to both pressurized water reactors (PWRs) and boiling water reactors (BWRs) throughout the world.
Working in one of the world’s most flexible design and fuel fabrication facility, AREVA’s workforce has a reputation for industry leadership and innovation in performance, safety and manufacturing efficiency. Richland employees collaborated with an international team to develop AREVA’s newest advanced fuel assembly designs for PWRs and BWRs, GAIA and ATRIUMTM 11, respectively. In addition, the Richland facility has been working with NuScale Power on nuclear fuel design and related testing services for its next-generation small modular reactors.
In 2009, the Richland facility qualified for the industry’s first 40-year Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) site license renewal.