Areva NP announced on 12 September that it had signed an agreement with Tranter Inc to be its primary distributor to the nuclear market for shell and plate heat exchangers. Areva said Tranter’s design offers reliable performance with a significantly smaller footprint and lower weight compared to shell and tube heat exchanger designs. Areva will qualify and dedicate Tranter heat exchangers purchased for safety- and non-safety-related applications in nuclear plants around the world. Areva NP senior vice president Craig Ranson said the partnership would offer Areva customers a "proven, reliable solution" for replacing heat exchangers. Osama Shenouda, Tranter’s sales director, North America said Areva’s expertise, innovation and strength in the nuclear industry “align with Tranter’s vision to be the first choice provider of compact and reliable heat exchanger technology for critical, energy-intensive processes”.