March 06, 2017

AREVA Completes First U.S. Delivery of Upgraded AGORA 5A-I Fuel Design

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 6, 2017 – AREVA NP completed the first delivery of its upgraded AGORA® 5A-I fuel design to a U.S. utility. The company delivered eight lead fuel assemblies to Dominion’s Surry Power Station in Surry, Va., which the utility loaded in Unit 1 during the fall 2016 refueling outage.

“At AREVA, our global portfolio provides numerous options to meet our customers’ unique needs with high-performing and reliable fuel,” said Ron Land, senior vice president of AREVA Inc.’s Fuel Business Unit. “By tapping AREVA’s global expertise in engineering and manufacturing, we developed the AGORA 5A-I fuel design to help utilities produce even more efficient and reliable electricity from nuclear energy. For Dominion in the United States, our AGORA fuel also enhances their fuel diversity and expands the number of fuel design options for the 15x15 plants.”

Designed for use in pressurized water reactors, the improved AGORA® 5A-I fuel design offers enhanced thermal hydraulic performance and benefits from AREVA’s M5® alloy cladding material. This highly corrosion-resistant cladding significantly reduces hydrogen pickup while maintaining high ductility in challenging conditions. It also offers increased performance margins for high burnup operations. The AGORA® 5A-I fuel design is an evolution of AREVA NP’s AFA fuel design platform, which has operated in more than 30,000 assemblies in European reactors.

This is the first time the new AGORA® 5A-I 15x15 design has been manufactured in the United States.