Ceradyne Boron Products, LLC has been awarded an $8 million contract for the supply of B-10 Enriched Boric Acid to EDF for its Flamanville European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) under construction in France. The order is expected to be shipped by 31 December 2011.

Enriched Boric Acid is designed into the EPR as the primary coolant additive for rate of reaction control. Isotopically enriched boric acid increases criticality control, achieves higher levels of long-term control, reduces the corrosion effect and reduces operator exposure to radiation.

“The utilization of advanced reactor designs in conjunction with superior safety and operating systems ushers in a more efficient, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly energy alternative to greenhouse-gas emitting technologies,” said Dennis Manning, vice president and general manager.

Boron Products operates the world’s largest boron isotope separation facility providing enriched boron products for commercial nuclear power, defence, semiconductor and neutron detection applications. Enriched boron compounds are manufactured under an ISO 9001:2008 certified quality system and exceed nuclear safety and environmental regulatory guidelines.