Framatome ANP awarded contract to provide liquid waste reduction systems at Hanford


LYNCHBURG, Va., July 29, 2003 — Framatome ANP, an AREVA and Siemens company, has been awarded a contract by Bechtel National Inc. to design, analyze and fabricate three evaporator systems in support of the Waste Treatment Plant Project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Reservation near Richland, Washington.

Work on the evaporator project will begin immediately and hardware deliveries are scheduled to start in early 2004. Framatome ANP and its design partner for this project, Swenson Technology Inc. of Monee, Illinois, will provide designs and hardware that meet nuclear quality standards for the projected 40-year life of the systems.

“Cleaning up radioactive waste leftover from the Cold-War era is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges,” said Tom Stevens, Framatome ANP Inc. federal group vice president. “We are very pleased to be part of the Bechtel National team on another environmental program of such importance to our nation and the communities along the Columbia River.”

The evaporator systems supplied by Framatome ANP will be an integral part of the Waste Treatment Plant where over fifty million gallons of liquid, high- level, radioactive waste will be treated prior to solidification in a process called vitrification. The liquid waste is currently stored in 177 underground tanks at Hanford. The evaporator systems will significantly reduce the volume of liquid, thereby raising the process efficiency and significantly reducing the number of waste canisters produced over the life of the project. Sixty percent, by volume, of the high-level radioactive waste in the United States is stored at Hanford.

Framatome ANP and the other AREVA affiliates have proven themselves as responsible and reliable providers of products and services to the U.S. government and to the energy industry in the areas of environmental cleanup and restoration, spent fuel management, products and services for electricity production, and homeland security.

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Framatome ANP, an AREVA and Siemens company, is dedicated to nuclear power around the world. Framatome ANP provides comprehensive engineering, instrumentation and control, nuclear services, heavy component manufacture, modernization, fuel assemblies for many reactor designs, including those supplied by other vendors, and the development and construction of nuclear power plants and research reactors. Framatome ANP is headquartered in Paris with principal subsidiaries in the U.S. and Germany. In the company, AREVA has a 66 percent share and Siemens 34 percent. Framatome ANP has a total workforce of approximately 14,000 worldwide.

For further information, visit: http://www.framatome-anp.com .

AREVA is a high-tech industrial group and world leader in its businesses, nuclear energy and connectors. With 50,000 employees in more than 30 countries, in 2002 AREVA generated revenues of 8.3 billion euros. AREVA offers major international utilities a complete range of products and services for electricity generation using nuclear power. The Group also develops interconnection systems, mainly for the telecom, IT and automobile sectors.

For further information: www.arevagroup.com .

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