May 23, 2018

France: Framatome to supply EDF with Enriched Reprocessed Uranium fuel assemblies

Framatome will be designing, fabricating and supplying EDF with fuel assemblies using enriched reprocessed uranium* (known as "ERU")over the period 2023 to 2032 (1).

These fuel assemblies, set to be manufactured at Framatome's plant in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme, France), will be destined for a number of nuclear reactors – belonging to EDF's fleet in operation – authorized to use them.

Lionel Gaiffe, Senior Executive Vice President of Framatome's Fuel Business Unit, commented: "This contract is proof of the quality of Framatome's industrial solutions and capabilities, and underlines the scope of the products and services offered by the company to its electric utility customers."

The Framatome Fuel Business Unit develops, designs, licenses and fabricates fuel assemblies and associated services for its electric utility customers in France and internationally. 107 out of the 278 light water reactors (excluding VVERs) in operation worldwide use Framatome technology fuel. Framatome has delivered a total of 226,000 fuel assemblies to date.

* Uranium derived from the reprocessing of used fuel (RepU or RU) can, once enriched (then called ERU), be used again to manufacture fuel for nuclear power plants.

(1) Project subject to administrative and regulatory authorizations.

Framatome is a major international player in the nuclear energy market recognized for its innovative solutions and value-added technologies for designing, building, maintaining, and advancing the global nuclear fleet. The company designs, manufactures and installs components, fuel and instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants and offers a full range of reactor services.

With 14,000 employees worldwide, every day Framatome’s expertise helps its customers improve the safety and performance of their nuclear plants and achieve their economic and societal goals.

Framatome is owned by the EDF Group (75.5%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI – 19.5%) and Assystem (5%).