Delta Controls was today one of 25 UK-based companies that signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with AREVA for the supply of components for new EPR nuclear reactors planned for the UK.
In all, AREVA has already identified 50 companies based in the UK with potential capability to meet the scope. Of these 50, the 25 companies who have signed MOUs are pre-qualified and for the other 25, AREVA is committed to start a prequalification process once it receives a firm order from EDF Energy.
The agreements relate to the two EPRTM reactors planned by EDF Energy at Hinkley Point for which a site licence was granted last month. The collaboration could also extend to other EPRTM reactors including those planned at Sizewell.
Announcing the agreements today, Philippe Knoche, AREVA’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “AREVA
is delighted to take part in the re-birth of the UK nuclear new build industry. Our EPRTM reactor is on the point of gaining regulatory approval in the UK with all regulatory issues resolved. We are committed to making as much use as possible of the UK’s excellent engineering skills in the construction of the EPR reactor and to develop these skills further. We hope that the prospect of a fleet of EPR reactors will provide an incentive to UK companies to invest. Work is already under way”.
Indeed, work has been underway for some time at Delta as various switch families have been tested and qualified to meet the seismic requirements of these modern reactors.