France’s ANS to review safety of Atmea1

8 June 2010

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ANS) is going to review the safety of Mitsubishi and Areva’s 1100MW pressurised water reactor, Atmea1.

The review will evaluate the reactor’s safety options against French safety regulations. It will be conducted with the support of the French Institute for radiation protection and nuclear safety (IRSN).

President and CEO of Atmea, Stefan vom Scheidt, said: “This formal review of the adequacy and appropriate level of safety options of Atmea1…is an important step to demonstrate the licensability of the reactor. Since reactor’s basic design has been successfully completed, Atmea is now ready to answer formal requests for proposal from its customers.”

The results of the review will be available to potential customers and their respective safety authorities from the autumn of 2011, according to an 8 June statment.

The Areva and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries joint venture, Atmea, created in November 2007 is targeting the market for mid-size reactors with its 1100MW PWR design.

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