French company Areva has signed a pact with Hungarian engineering firm Evopro to collaborate on nuclear and renewable energy technologies.

Budapest-headquartered Evopro specializes in industrial automation systems and it signed a memorandum of understanding with Areva at the Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry this week, in the presence of Deputy Minister, Dr László Szabó.

The agreement will cover both nuclear new builds and existing plants, with the first area of collaboration to be for the supply of instrumentation and control systems to Hungary’s current and future nuclear reactors.

Frank Apel, Areva’s senior vice-president of sales in Western & Northern Europe, said: “This agreement strengthens our relationship with the Hungarian nuclear industry and supports our localization initiative for new builds and modernization projects.

“With the combination of technical expertise and project management, Areva and Evopro are well-positioned to support the Hungarian nuclear industry in the years to come.”

Dr Szabó said the agreement “is another excellent example of the international recognition of Hungarian engineering expertise. It also contributes to the Hungarian government’s foreign economic policy goals, which aim at strengthening the domestic small and medium enterprises and facilitating the export of services, technologies and know-how.”

Areva’s relationship with the Hungarian nuclear industry dates back 15 years with the installation of the instrumentation and control system at the Paks nuclear power plant.