THE WORLD’S NUCLEAR NEWS AGENCY
03.07.2008 No. 75 / News in Brief
Areva Boosting Production Of EPR Components In France
3 Jul (NucNet): Areva is to boost the production capacity of
forged nuclear components including reactor vessels and steam
generators, the group announced today.
Areva said an investment programme would see the production capacity
at Le Creusot in Burgundy, France, of components required to
build European Pressurised Water Reactors (EPRs) would increase
from 80 per cent to 100 percent.
The programme will see an increase in annual ingot production
at the Industeel steel works, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal,
from 35,000 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes by 2010.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch the programme
was signed today by Areva’s chief executive officer Anne
Lauvergeon and the chief financial officer of ArcelorMittal,
Aditya Mittal. French president Nicolas Sarkozy attended the
“At a time when nuclear power is enjoying a major global
upswing, this increase in capacity will allow Areva to pursue
the development of the French nuclear industry,” Areva
04.07.2008 No. 25 / World Nuclear Review
Industry Welcomes Increased EU Public Support For Nuclear
4 Jul (NucNet): The European nuclear industry has welcomed
the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey* on attitudes
radioactive waste, which was published on 3 July 2008.
Foratom, the trade association representing the European nuclear
industry, said the results show a gradual and significant evolution
of public opinion in favour of nuclear power.
“Since the previous Eurobarometer on waste was published
in 2005, there are now as many citizens who are in favour of
nuclear energy (44 percent) as are against it (45 percent). This
compares with 37 percent in favour and 55 percent against in
2005,” Foratom said.
“The announcement that a second EPR will be built in France
demonstrates that where there is the political will to promote
nuclear, there is no reason to believe that public opposition
can prevent nuclear new build from going ahead.”
According to the Eurobarometer survey, there are now as many
EU citizens in favour of nuclear as there are against it and
public acceptance has improved in 17 out of 27 EU member countries.
Foratom director-general Santiago San Antonio said: “The
results of the latest Eurobarometer show that opinions towards
nuclear are on average quite moderate in the EU and that in many
countries citizens are very much in favour of nuclear.
“The recent positive evolution of public opinion can be
accounted for by the open debates that have been going on in
many EU countries on energy and nuclear power. It indicates that
information and transparency are essential for the future of
the European nuclear industry.”