AREVA has announced the arrival in China, at the beginning of April, of the first two steam generators and the pressurizer for Unit 1 on the site of the Taishan EPR™ power plant.

This delivery of heavy components for the primary reactor coolant system marks an important step forward in the construction of the first EPR™ reactor in China.

The manufacturing time for these generators, which are 25 meters long and weigh 550 tonnes each, has been reduced by nearly 40 per cent compared to those manufactured previously for other EPR™ reactors.

“The optimized manufacturing and delivery in accordance with the customer’s desired schedule of the heavy components for the Taishan 1 nuclear steam supply system [NSSS] demonstrates AREVA’s capacity to mass produce equipment for the third generation of EPR™ reactors” declared Claude Jaouen, Senior Executive Vice President for AREVA’s Reactors & Services activities.

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