AREVA and Rolls Royce to form strategic industrial partnership
ACTIVITES/REACTEURS ET SERVICES
March 10, 2011
AREVA today signed an industrial cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce plc covering the manufacture of components for new nuclear power plants and other nuclear projects in the United Kingdom and beyond.
The agreement was signed at the Royal Academy of Engineering by Anne Lauvergeon, AREVA CEO and Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, in the presence of Lord Green, the UK Minister for Trade and Investment.
After the signing ceremony, Anne Lauvergeon said: “We are delighted that Rolls-Royce, a worldwide symbol of excellence, will become a major industrial partner of AREVA. We look forward to sharing processes, knowledge and skills to ensure that UK industry can perform a key role in manufacturing the new plants to be built in Britain and abroad. We want solid relationships with a series of international companies that can work with us globally. We are looking for strong ties and this new agreement is a major step in the direction.”
Sir John Rose, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive said: “We have an excellent relationship with AREVA, which is reflected in this important agreement. With 50 years’ nuclear experience and an extensive nuclear supply chain we can bring our significant expertise to bear for the benefit of the nuclear new build pro-gramme. This will deliver benefits to the UK and will further enhance the export potential in this fast growing sector.”
AREVA has been chosen to build the nuclear steam generating systems for the first four EPR™
Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Green, said: "Today’s announcement is a great step forward for the civil nuclear industry in the UK and, in particular, highlights the important role advanced manufacturing plays towards creating sustained economic growth. The Coalition Government is determined to ensure that the UK is a good place to do business and this includes helping to ensure the civil nuclear industry is able to maximise its opportunities. The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Manufacturing Advisory Service will be working to identify and develop the potential of UK manufacturing companies in the civil nuclear supply chain to ensure they are able to win and hold orders."
AREVA has been chosen to build the nuclear steam generating systems for the first four EPR™ reactors which are planned for construction in the UK by EDF and is competing for a further four reactors for Horizon Nuclear Power. The group is also in discussions with NuGen for the construction of two EPR™ reactors.
Within the scope of these projects, an estimated 70 to 80 per cent of the total auxiliary equipment manufacturing could be available to UK companies and a similar percentage for civil construction. It is also estimated that the manufacture and construction of each twin set of EPR reactors in the country will support over 20, 000 jobs at its peak.
To maximize the contribution of local companies, AREVA has reached an agreement with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to act as its manufacturing sourcing and competence hub to identify and assist other British manufacturing companies that want to enter the civil nuclear market for the first time.
Furthermore, the group and its EPR™ Delivery Team partners is also drawing up plans for training in the skills required for the nuclear new build programme with relevant bodies and colleges.