On Sept. 6 AREVA announced a major milestone with the installation of the massive reactor building inner dome for the Olkiluoto 3 EPR™ reactor in Finland.
This is a significant step in the reactor’s construction as it’s now the first generation III+ plant in the world with a covered reactor building. This step also marks the end of the civil works phase. Weighing 210 tons and measuring over 150 feet in diameter, the steel inner dome was put in place with one of the most powerful cranes in the world.
AREVA is using this experience and expertise in nuclear reactor design and construction for its US EPR™ reactor. Eight US EPR™ reactors are currently under consideration for the United States and four are already undergoing licensing.
In preparation for this new reactor boom, AREVA recently broke ground on a manufacturing facility in Newport News, Virginia. This facility will provide the heavy components which are critical pieces for these U.S. EPR™ reactors.
More information on the US EPR™ is available here and for AREVA Newport News, LLC.
Watch a video of the dome installation here.
And stay tuned for updates as AREVA builds the next generation of nuclear generation around the world.
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