AREVA has been awarded a contract by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for engineering and development work toward the potential completion of the Bellefonte Unit 1 nuclear power plant in northern Alabama.
At the TVA board meeting in August, funding was approved for work on the next phase of the plant’s completion. Work was suspended on the Bellefonte project in 1988.
The scope of the approved funding includes engineering, licensing, and procurement of long-lead materials that support a possible start-up date in the 2018-2019 timeframe. TVA has determined it would complete its Integrated Resource Plan prior to making its decision to complete construction of Bellefonte Unit 1.
For AREVA’s part, we will carry out engineering work on the plant’s nuclear island, as well as a new state-of-the-art digital Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system and an advance control room. Our TELEPERM XS™ recently became the first digital I&C system licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Speaking about this contract award, AREVA North America COO Mike Rencheck said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority to help expand America’s supply of safe, reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy to meet the country’s growing demands.” Working on a project of this significance, Rencheck added “this agreement reinforces our position as a world leader in clean energy solutions.”
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