Last week in Canada, the ATMEA joint venture between AREVA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has submitted the ATMEA1™ reactor for pre-project design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The ATMEA reactor is a 1,100 Megawatt Generation III+ pressurized water reactor (PWR) using reliable and proven technology, developed by the partnership.
Does the name ring a bell? Well, the ATMEA1™ reactor is actually one of the options under consideration as part of the proposed Clean Energy Park near the Point Lepreau nuclear station in New Brunswick. In July AREVA, the province of New Brunswick and utility New Brunswick Power signed a letter of intent last July to develop a Clean Energy Park that would feature a mid-sized reactor – like the ATEMEA1™ – and a renewable energy option built by AREVA.
And this reactor could be an option for other locations needing clean energy outside of New Brunswick. If approved by the CNSC, the ATMEA1™ design also could be selected at sites in other Canadian provinces, and the reactor option is under certification in France, where the construction of a unit is studied.