Saturday, March 7, 2009

Areva in Birmingham to seek UK new nuclear suppliers

Nuclear reactor designer Areva has revealed the location of its UK suppliers’ day event. The French firm will meet with potential UK suppliers in Birmingham at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on March 16th.

Areva’s EPR reactor is one of two reactors expected to be built in the UK as part of the Government’s £40bn new build nuclear programme.

Areva has already hooked up with construction partners Balfour Beatty and Vinci Construction to deliver new nuclear plants in the UK. French utility firm EDF, which recently acquired British Energy, will use the Areva model to deliver the UK's first new build nuclear reactor in the UK's ВЈ40bn programme. Work on site is expected to start in 2013. EDF plans around four nuclear reactor plants, worth up to ВЈ4bn each.


Areva in Birmingham to seek UK new nuclear suppliers


The suppliers day will set out Areva’s agenda and give UK firms an idea of how to successfully pitch for work in the UK new build nuclear market.Speakers will include energy minister Mike O’Brien and Areva chief executive Luc Oursel.

Places are in short supply. However an Areva spokesman said: “Those suppliers who don’t get a place at the event should still register their interest on our supplier’s website as we are keen to build up a data base of potential UK suppliers.”

The website is at

The UK's new build  nuclear programme is expected to deliver up to 10 new build nuclear plants with contracts to build the first plant expected to be let by 2011.

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