Progress Energy appoints firms to prepare two nuclear COL applications

22 February 2006 - US power producer Progress Energy has awarded a contract to the team of Sargent & Lundy, CH2M HILL and WorleyParsons to prepare the Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) applications for two potential new nuclear power stations.

The team will prepare one COL application for the Harris Nuclear Plant site and Westinghouse AP1000 reactor technology, which Progress Energy has selected for the possible future expansion of its nuclear generating fleet. The other COL application will be prepared for a site still to be determined for Progress Energy's Florida territory.

Sargent & Lundy is responsible for overall project management for the COL applications, CH2M HILL is primarily responsible for the environmental report and site characterization, and Sargent & Lundy and WorleyParsons are responsible for all other facets of the COL applications and associated submittals.

"All of us appreciate Progress Energy's confidence in our team for this
significant dual COL application effort," said Don Schopfer, Sargent &
Lundy's Executive VP and Team Project Executive. "Collectively and
individually, our team members have the in-depth experience needed to
successfully execute this exciting next-step toward potential new nuclear power generation in the U.S."

Separately Areva announced Monday that it had received an award from Baltimore-based Constellation Energy to provide the technical support necessary for obtaining a COL based on its US EPR design. The order is based on the possibility that Constellation may build a US EPR at a yet to be named site within its current fleet of nuclear power plants. Potential locations being considered are the Calvert Cliffs site in southeastern Maryland and the Nine Mile Point site in upstate New York.

"This is an important step toward building the first US EPR in the United States," said Tom Christopher, Areva Inc. CEO. "The next nuclear plant to be built in this nation will be the result of a series of deliberate steps that will ensure that the plant and site are licensed before any major capital investment is made by the potential plant's owner. This order is one of those steps."

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