The AREVA-Siemens consortium appeals to TVO to commit to take the path of cooperation during the testing phase

Paris, (PresseBox) - To ensure the successful execution of the final phases of the Olkiluoto 3 EPRTM reactor (OL3) project, the AREVA-Siemens consortium and its Finnish customer TVO jointly endorsed in August 2011 the establishment of a shared process to consolidate the OL3 completion schedule. This consolidation process will be completed by the end of the year.

Through it, the execution of the final phases of the project will be optimized by giving the partners a clear, detailed view of the tasks to be performed to commission the nuclear reactor. This approach is all the more essential in that the consortium's and TVO's efforts will require intense coordination and mutual commitment during the commissioning of the world's first third generation reactor.

The optimization process has already commenced and requires significant efforts from all parties during the finalization and approval of the remaining technical documentation.

Jean-Pierre Mouroux, Director of the OL3 project, underlines that "to carry out proper systems testing for such a facility, total cooperation with the customer is required. At this stage, as the project transitions from construction completion to commissioning and operation of systems, it is expected that TVO assumes a growing role in the successful finalization of the plant."

With the project now 80% complete, including finalization of civil engineering work with the completion of the outer dome and the full installation of the four primary cooling systems, the consortium renews its commitment to cooperate with TVO.

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AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.

Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA's unique integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding in renewable energies - wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and storage - to be one of the top three in this sector worldwide in 2012.

With these two major offers, AREVA's 48,000 employees are helping to supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.

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