Framatome has announced that it will be upgrading the instrumentation & control (I&C) system on EDF's 900MWe reactor fleet in France.
The French company (formerly Areva NP) confirmed that studies had been underway since 2015, and on-site works are due to begin next year. The work will coincide with the fourth decennial inspections of the 900MWe reactor series.
The I&C upgrades at the 32 units form part of the French nucelar reactor modernisation programme, known as Grand Carénage, which is designed to extend the operating life of the reactors beyond 40 years.
Framatome said it would leverage its own expertise and partner with other French companies to procure a part of the technology associated with this contract.
"Following the contract awarded to us in 2011 to modernise the I&C system on the 1300 MWe series reactors in France, we are delighted that EDF has chosen us again," commented Frédéric Lelièvre, Framatome's SEVP Sales, Regions and I&C.
Upgrading the I&C system improves safety, facilitates future maintainability and contributes to extending the service life of the power plants.