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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

AREVA: Creating a steering committee to deploy the next generation of nuclear fuel AREVA U.S.

Six U.S. nuclear utilities have established a technical steering committee for the deployment of GAIA, the next generation AREVA fuel for pressurized water reactors. These six nuclear utilities, including Dominion, Duke, Exelon and PSEG have a common goal: to ensure the technical advancement and qualification of that new fuel for use in the U.S. market.

As part of this program, one of the Nuclear utilities will charge a lot of eight test fuel assemblies from spring 2015.

"Developed to meet the increasing demands of the nuclear utilities, fuel assembly GAIA provides guarantees for safety and durability," said Guillaume Dureau, Director of Front End Business Group of AREVA. "Introduced for the first time in 2012 in the Ringhals power plant in Sweden, this blend offers customers high performance and very high burn rate."

The structure of the fuel GAIA provides a better return for the nuclear utilities because of its unique characteristics: greater mechanical wear resistance, improved energy efficiency and enhanced seismic properties. The structure also consists of an innovative coating that will meet the new regulatory requirements expected in the United States.

Translation by D'un Renard
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