We’re watching the good discussions from political and business leaders coming from the “Governor’s Conference on Energy” in Virginia… good to see former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman’s voice on how nuclear is “extremely safe” and the “most important” form of clean energy. And good to see other voices highlighting the serious energy needs and challenges we face as a country.
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“Virginia voters approve 71 – 20 percent of using nuclear power to produce electricity and support 60 – 32 percent the construction of new nuclear plants in the commonwealth.”
From Quinnipac University polling of Virginia voters, October 12th, 2011
A feature article in the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance focuses on the important role the nuclear industry plays in the region’s economy. Lynchburg hosts some 4,600 jobs related to the nuclear energy industry, including 2,000 at AREVA operations there. While much remains to be seen with regard to the situation in Japan, it does not signify an immediate impact on employment related to nuclear energy. For example, a significant portion of the work done in Lynchburg and other AREVA locations is focused on servicing existing reactors,
Click here to read the full article.
AREVA has signed an alliance agreement with Dominion Resources to provide standard and specialized services to all four Dominion nuclear stations. This alliance covers steam generator services, specialty non-destructive examination (NDE) services, refuel services and pump and motor field services to Dominion’s nuclear plants for the next five years.
The alliance includes standard and specialized maintenance services performed during routine nuclear plant outages. The four Dominion nuclear stations include Kewaunee in Wisconsin, Millstone in Connecticut, and North Anna and Surry, both located in Virginia.
“We are thrilled and proud of our entire team,” said AREVA Inc. Chief Operating Officer Mike Rencheck. “This agreement is a testament to AREVA’s responsiveness, high performance and commitment to safety and quality. We anticipate even higher achievements in the future, and we look forward to this enhanced relationship with Dominion to provide clean energy in Virginia and in the various other communities it serves.”
This is actually the third such alliance agreement AREVA has signed with a U.S. utility, already providing excellent service and delivery in our partnerships with Tennessee Valley Authority and Progress Energy.
On his Weekly Washington Update, Virginia Representative Rob Wittman discussed his recent visit to the AREVA Newport News facility under development in Newport News Virginia. As part of a joint venture with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, AREVA is working to construct a facility that will manufacture the heavy components for nuclear power plants. More information on this project here.
“Last week I also had the opportunity to visit AREVA Newport News, a company that manufactures components for nuclear power plants. AREVA partnered up with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to build a fantastic facility that will create over 250 private sector jobs on the Peninsula. This is great news not only for the Hampton Roads economy, but also for our energy security.
Nuclear power is clean and affordable, and it should be an important part of our comprehensive energy policy. With so many concerns about clean air and greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power is a safe and reliable carbon emission free source of electric power. Many countries are rapidly developing their nuclear industries, including China, which is expected to complete 22 nuclear energy reactors this year and has plans for over 100 additional reactors in the near future. The United States, on the other hand, hasn’t ordered a new reactor since 1978.
Currently, about one third of Virginia’s electricity is supplied by nuclear power, and our energy demands are expected to significantly increase in the next few decades. I believe that in order to meet these challenges, we need a comprehensive energy policy that relies on American-made resources, including nuclear energy, natural gas, oil, coal, and renewable and alternative sources such as wind and solar power. Nuclear energy is a reliable source of electricity, both environmentally and economically, and I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the folks at AREVA Newport News who are making this power source a reality.”
Check out images from the visit.
Today in Virginia we at AREVA celebrated the grand opening of a new, $6.5 million Chemistry and Materials Center (CMC). It’s an 8,000 square foot, two-story building at our facility in Campbell County. Here several labs will work and provide key services to help AREVA’s customers with their continuing efforts to fight corrosion damage to plant components and fuel.
For the already operating nuclear power plants, the CMC will dedicate general and specialized chemistry, corrosion, and metallurgical testing and analysis support. It will also aid with the design development and deployment for the US EPR™.
Why is reducing corrosion damage so important? The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimated in a study from 2001 that corrosion damage costs the U.S. electric power generating industry $17.3 billion annually or nearly 8% of the cost of electricity to consumers. As much as half of all forced outages at power plants can be traced back to corrosion damage, and this $3.8 billion cost is considered avoidable.
As AREVA NP Inc. CEO Michael Rencheck pointed out, “Our new Chemistry and Materials Center will increase efficiency at current plants helping utilities control costs that are eventually passed on to the consumer.” But the CMC is also great news for Central Virginia. Bryan David, the executive director of Virginia’s Region 2000 Economic Development Council, said that “AREVA, with its growing, high-skilled base of employees, is doing the right things to help our region provide a supportive environment for business and knowledge creation.”
By Katherine Berezowskyj
Yesterday the United States actually saw a clear step in the nuclear energy renaissance as AREVA and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding put shovels in the ground. The two leaders in the nuclear industry broke ground on what will be a 330,000 square-foot heavy components manufacturing facility in Newport News, Va.
AREVA Newport News LLC is the joint venture that the two companies formed last October to build this facility that will manufacture the heavy components for nuclear power plants. It’s the first heavy component manufacturing facility built in the U.S. in 35 years. These heavy components will be the “guts” of future AREVA U.S. EPR™ reactors as well as other EPR™ projects linking the supply chain all over the world.
“This is a significant and concrete step in the revival of the U.S. nuclear energy sector,” said Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA. “The path of certainty for the deployment of the EPR reactor in the United States goes through Viriginia.”
The project represent a commitment to the state as well as the industry. It will bring an investment of more than $360 million and 500 skilled jobs to Virginia—one that will provide green energy jobs and keep the regional economy strong.
The mayor of Newport News, Joe Frank, and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine were there to celebrate this great occasion for industry and energy in the region. Governor Kaine said, “AREVA Newport News and Virginia have launched a powerful partnership built on our shared goals of promoting green energy and energy efficiency.”
When AREVA Newport News comes online—expected in 2012—it will produce the critical EPR™ heavy components, including reactor vessels, steam generators, and pressurizers. As the AREVA EPR™ is the only Generation III+ reactor currently under construction today, the components represent a critical supply for meeting future, growing, and clean energy needs-particularly in the U.S.
To watch the webcast of yesterday’s groundbreaking, click here