Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, and AREVA have further strengthened their strategic collaboration on nuclear build projects with an agreement signed in Paris today.
The two companies have agreed how Rolls-Royce will support the delivery of AREVA’s EPRTM reactor in the UK and internationally. This builds on the significant progress made since the two companies signed an initial agreement in March 2011.
Rolls-Royce will manufacture complex components and provide engineering and technical services for the first of two EPRsTM to be built at Hinkley Point, Somerset where AREVA is providing the Nuclear Steam system.
Once contracted, the work could be worth a total of £400 million in revenue to Rolls-Royce for the four EPRsTM currently planned by EDF Energy in the UK, with much of this work providing direct benefit to the UK supply chain, potentially supporting several hundred highly skilled jobs.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am delighted that Rolls-Royce and AREVA have today announced their intention to work together on global civil nuclear projects. This industrial collaboration will deliver significant growth and create more than 1,000 high quality manufacturing jobs in the UK over the next few years.”
Lawrie Haynes, President-Nuclear, Rolls-Royce, said: “This is an important agreement and I look forward to continuing the strong partnership we have built with AREVA. Rolls-Royce has broad nuclear experience, a strong track record and an extensive nuclear certified supply chain. Together with AREVA, we will work to successfully deliver new civil nuclear projects in the UK and around the world.”
Luc Oursel, CEO AREVA, said: “Since our original commitment in March, we have widened and deepened the scope of our cooperation. Today’s agreement indicates how far we have travelled. We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce across a range of opportunities.”
Rolls-Royce has significant nuclear skills, with a large existing nuclear certified supply chain. It supports a number of key phases of the nuclear programme, including providing advice to governments and operators, supply chain management, and manufacturing and technical engineering support. The Group also provides safety-critical instrumentation and control systems to all 58 operating nuclear power facilities in France and to more than 50 others across Europe, the USA and other international markets.