Nuclear, Reactors

French nuclear safety authority launches safety review of Areva/Mitsubishi ATMEA1TM reactor

8 June 2010 – ATMEATM, the joint venture between Areva and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to create a mid-sized nuclear reactor, has announced the signature of an agreement with the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), for the review of the safety options of ATMEA1TM, the partners’ 1100 MW pressurized water reactor.
The objective of this review, which will be conducted with the support of the French Institute for radiation protection and nuclear safety (IRSN), is to evaluate the reactor’s safety options against French safety regulations.
Stefan vom Scheidt, President and CEO of ATMEATM, declared: “This formal review of the adequacy and appropriate level of safety options of ATMEA1TM, carried out by internationally renowned safety authorities such as ASN and its technical support organization IRSN, is an important step to demonstrate the licensability of the reactor. Since reactor’s basic design has been successfully completed, ATMEATM is now ready to answer formal requests for proposal from its customers.”
ATMEATM will make the results and conclusion of the review available to potential customers and their respective safety authorities. These conclusions will be issued in the fall of 2011.
ATMEATM was created in November 2007. It aims to take a leading position in the worldwide mid-sized power range reactor market. Its headquarters are located in Paris.