Instrumentation & Controls, Nuclear

Framatome ANP to install first digital emergency diesel generator excitation units in the US

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 3, 2003 — Framatome ANP, an AREVA and Siemens company, has been awarded a contract by TXU Energy to design, qualify, manufacture and deliver four emergency diesel generator (EDG) excitation units to Comanche Peak nuclear power plant. These units will be the first digital EDG excitation systems installed in a U.S. nuclear power plant.

The units will be equipped with proven state-of-the-art digital technology and will replace the existing analog systems at the plant. The excitation systems create appropriate magnetic field in the inductor of the emergency diesel generator. The qualification program, which will undergo an extensive review, is expected to be completed by the end of 2003. Installation will begin in spring 2004.

Framatome ANP and TXU formed an alliance in 2002 to oversee planning and installation of instrumentation and controls (I&C) upgrades from analog to digital technology for both Comanche Peak nuclear units. Framatome ANP is providing the engineering services and equipment to upgrade I&C systems. Comanche Peak is located near Glen Rose, Texas, and each unit has an operating capacity of 1,150 megawatts.

“This upgrade is an excellent example of the successful alliance relationship we have with TXU to modernize Comanche Peak’s I&C and electrical systems,” said Tom Weir, Framatome ANP Inc. Senior Vice President, I&C and electrical systems. “As an alliance partner, we continually seek ways to jointly develop innovative solutions that improve the performance of Comanche Peak. In many cases, these solutions solve generic plant issues that can be applied across the U.S. nuclear fleet,” said Weir.

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Framatome ANP, an AREVA and Siemens company, is a nuclear supplier. Framatome ANP’s focus includes comprehensive engineering, instrumentation and control, nuclear services, heavy component manufacture, modernization, fuel assemblies for many reactor designs, including those supplied by other vendors, and the development and construction of nuclear power plants and research reactors. Framatome ANP is headquartered in Paris with principal subsidiaries in the U.S. and Germany. In the company, AREVA has a 66 percent share and Siemens 34 percent. Framatome ANP has a total workforce of approximately 14,000 worldwide.

For further information, visit: http://www.framatome-anp.com .

AREVA is a high-tech industrial group and provider in its businesses, nuclear energy and connectors. With 50,000 employees in over 30 countries, in 2002, AREVA generated revenues of 8.3 billion euros. AREVA offers major international utilities a complete range of products and services for electricity generation using nuclear power. The Group also develops interconnection systems, mainly for the telecom, IT and automobile sectors. For further information, visit: http://www.arevagroup.com .

TXU provides electric and natural gas services, merchant energy trading, energy marketing, energy delivery, telecommunications, and energy-related services. With $40 billion in assets and $28 billion in annual revenue, TXU is one of the most influential energy services companies in the world. TXU is the No.1 competitive energy retailer in the United States and one of the largest in the world. TXU owns or controls extensive generation around the world and is a leading energy trader globally. TXU, which sells over 330 million megawatt hours of electricity and 2.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas annually, serves over 11 million customers worldwide, primarily in the US, Europe and Australia. Visit www.txu.com for more information on TXU.