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Areva to delay manufacturing facility

23 August 2010 – Areva will delay the start of manufacturing nuclear power reactor components at a facility being built in Virginia.

Areva Newport News, a joint venture between Areva NP and Northrop Grumman, is building the 330,000-square foot facility at Northrop’s shipyard in Newport News, Va. When the ground breaking took place in July 2009 the companies said manufacturing would begin in 2012. The $360 million investment is set to manufacture heavy components for Areva power reactors such as reactor vessels and steam generators.

The facility start-up date has now been delayed until 2013 citing economic growth among other factors as the cause of the delay.

Areva spokesperson Jarret Adams said Areva and Northrop Grumman “remain fully committed to the project and its completion” and are “very positive on the market for nuclear components” in the US and abroad.

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