Newport News, VA, Oct. 24, 2008 — AREVA and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding have joined forces to build a new manufacturing and engineering facility in Newport News, Va., to supply the growing American nuclear energy sector. The joint venture, AREVA Newport News LLC, with AREVA as the majority owner, will establish a world-class facility to manufacture heavy components for the U.S. evolutionary power reactor (EPR), AREVA’s Generation III+ nuclear reactor, thereby supporting the nuclear energy resurgence, fueling domestic economic growth, and meeting the demand for American energy security.
The 300,000 square-foot facility represents a significant investment of more than $360 million in the U.S. commercial nuclear and manufacturing industries and will bring more than 500 skilled hourly and salaried jobs to the Commonwealth of Virginia. AREVA Newport News will be the first full-scale manufacturing facility dedicated to supply heavy components, such as reactor vessels, steam generators and pressurizers to the U.S. nuclear energy industry. These components will supply the first new U.S. nuclear power plants to be built in 35 years.
AREVA has been manufacturing heavy components for the global commercial nuclear industry for more than 30 years at its Chalon/St. Marcel plant. Together with Northrop Grumman, AREVA Newport News will provide a domestic link in the supply chain for deploying the U.S. EPR.
Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector will bring its experience in building U.S. Navy nuclear ships to the venture. Also, Northrop Grumman has existing transportation access via the James River to deliver heavy components.
Construction is expected to begin early next year.
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