Framatome ANP supplies reactor vessel heads to Exelon and Progress Energy nuclear plants

LYNCHBURG, Va., Oct. 20, 2003 — Framatome ANP, an AREVA and Siemens company, has supplied two reactor vessel heads to Three Mile Island 1 in Pennsylvania and Crystal River 3 in Florida, which are operated respectively by Exelon and Progress Energy. The two contracts, which also cover associated equipment supply and replacement operations, amount to around $30 million.

The two reactor heads were manufactured by the Framatome ANP plant at Chalon Saint Marcel, the world’s leading site for the production of nuclear equipment. In the United States to date, Framatome ANP has supplied five replacement reactor vessel heads to utilities and taken on ten additional orders. Framatome ANP has 58 percent of the U.S. reactor head replacement market.

“A replacement reactor head is one of the best economic options to guarantee that the nuclear plants will have a long and safe service life,” stated Bertrand Durrande, Executive Vice President of the Equipment Sector in Framatome ANP.

Framatome ANP will work with the customer to carry out replacement operations beginning in mid-October and finishing in November.

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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:

AREVA is a high-tech industrial group in its businesses, nuclear energy and connectors. With 50,000 employees in over 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:

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