31 Facts About Areva


Areva S A is a French multinational group specializing in nuclear power and renewable energy headquartered in Courbevoie, France.

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Areva was created on 3 April 2001 by the merger of Framatome, Cogema and Technicatome .

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In 2003, Areva secured a contract for the Olkiluoto 3 project, which foresaw construction of the third generation EPR-type pressurised water reactor.

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However these plans failed to come to fruition, and in February 2015 Areva suspended the EPR Design Certification Application Review process at the U S Nuclear Regulatory Commission .

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In 2007, Areva purchased UraMin, which later became Areva Resources Southern Africa .

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In 2007, Areva started construction of the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Areva had to help operate the plant, including the reprocessing of spent fuel.

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On 6 May 2008, Areva announced that it would seek all necessary approval to build an enrichment facility in Bonneville County, Idaho.

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Also in 2008, Areva was awarded an operations contract to clean up the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site as part of the Nuclear Management Partners consortium, made up of URS, Amec and Areva.

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In June 2008, Areva reached an agreement with Kazatomprom to create a joint-venture Katco.

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On 4 February 2009, Areva signed a memorandum to supply two to six nuclear reactors to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited for the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

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In March 2010, Areva indicated work was being done on a new type of burner reactor type capable of breaking down actinides created as a product of nuclear fission.

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In 2011, Areva was listed at the Euronext stock exchange in Paris.

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In December 2011, Areva suspended building work at several sites in France, Africa and the United States, one day after forecasting a €1.

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Areva halted "capacity extensions" at its La Hague Reprocessing Plant, in northern France, at its Melox factory in the southwest, and at two sites attached to its Tricastin power plant in the south.

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In 2012, Areva acquired a hydrogen technology developer Compagnie europeenne des technologies de l'hydrogene and renamed it Areva H2Gen.

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In January 2017, Areva sold its stake in the wind turbine manufacturer Adwen.

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In March 2017, Areva sold its nuclear propulsion and research reactor subsidiary Areva TA to Agence des Participations de l'Etat.

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Areva was a company with a presence in each industrial activity linked to nuclear energy: mining, chemistry, enrichment, fuel assembly, reprocessing, engineering, nuclear propulsion and reactors, treatment, recycling, stabilization and dismantling.

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Areva created its global renewable energies business group in 2006 as an expansion of its clean energy portfolio with renewable energy.

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Areva acquired a bio-coal production technology called Thermya, which produces a biofuel issued from biomass torrefaction that can replace coal to generate thermal energy and electricity.

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Areva developed AdCub, a modular concept for compact power plants targeting small-scale biomass resources that addresses relatively untapped growth opportunities in Europe.

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Areva designed, manufactured and industrialized turnkey energy storage solutions and products to generate electricity with fuel cells and produce hydrogen by electrolysis.

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Areva supported research in the hydrogen field through partnerships with a number of industrial companies and national research organizations including Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Horizon Hydrogen Energy program, PAN-H and Pole Capenergies, an innovation cluster dedicated to the development of renewable forms of energy without greenhouse gas emissions.

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Areva was involved in military technology, such as designing the nuclear reactor for the French Barracuda class submarine.

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CERCA, a subsidiary of Areva that produces fuel for research reactors, was involved in TRIGA, a research reactor established in 1996 with the US firm General Atomics that is used for training, research, and the production of radioisotopes.

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Areva was a former corporate member of the Bruegel think tank.

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In January 2007, Areva was fined €53 million by the European Commission for rigging EU electricity markets through a cartel involving 11 companies, including ABB, Alstom, Fuji, Hitachi Japan, AE Power Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Toshiba and VA Tech ELIN.

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Areva is not accused of any cartel involvement other than through the acquisition of an Alstom unit in January 2004.

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In 2008, Areva signed a contract to sponsor the German football club FC Nurnberg until 2012.

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In 2002, during its first public appearance, in Lorient, France, the "Defi Areva" yacht collided with a dinghy carrying four Greenpeace protesters, and the impact knocked a hole in the side of the 80-foot boat.

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