French nuclear company Areva signed a contract with Southern Nuclear to provide outage services at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station units 1 and 2 between 2017 and 2021 in the U.S., the company announced Thursday.
Over the course of six outages, AREVA will provide refueling, steam generator and specialty non-destructive examination services, inspection and reactor coolant pump services to support the Farley plant in providing carbon-free and reliable electricity to Alabama’s grid, according to the company's statement.
“This contract marks the beginning of a four-year outage services agreement and an important next step in the long-term relationship with the team at Farley,” said Craig Ranson, senior vice president of AREVA nuclear plant's Installed Base Business Unit in the U.S., said in the company press release.
“Every day, our focus is on helping our customers maintain and improve the performance of their nuclear energy facilities. With our combined expert teams and advanced technologies, we will help the Farley Nuclear Generating Station achieve diversity of supply while improving operational performance,” he added.
The Farley Nuclear Generating Station, located near Dothan, Alabama, currently provides more than 20 percent of Alabama's electricity. It is owned by Alabama Power and operated by the Southern Nuclear Operating Company.
Areva focuses on nuclear fuel cycle activities and contributes to ensuring Europe's supply security of uranium. The French state is a majority shareholder in Areva holding an 86.5 percent share interest.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu