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Proven But Innovative
August 26, 2010   
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Adam Rozwadowski, director of AREVA Polska, talks to Beata Gołębiewska-Chęciak.

Your company is one of the contenders vying to build a nuclear power plant in Poland. What are the biggest pluses of your proposal?
AREVA’s EPRTM is a Generation III+ proven though innovative reactor. EPR is evolutionary: it is a state-of-the-art reactor based on AREVA’s worldwide experience (100 reactors). EPR features the highest safety levels and is even resistant to a large commercial airplane crash. In addition, thanks to its high power and advanced operational performance, EPR is a competitive choice. Poland is looking for outstanding safety, proven and competitive solutions—that is what AREVA offers.

Furthermore, AREVA offers solid industrial guarantees for reactor construction in Poland. Thanks to its integrated business model, the group is present across all nuclear industry activities including components manufacturing. Apart from reactors, AREVA provides solutions covering the whole nuclear fuel cycle: uranium mining, conversion, enrichment and fuel fabrication, as well as spent fuel recycling and technology for the disposal of nuclear waste.

During construction of the EPRs in Olkiluoto, Finland and Flamanville, France, there were delays and budget overruns. Would Poland face the same scenario?
AREVA leads the nuclear renaissance. Olkiluoto’s EPR is the first Generation III+ reactor to be built in the world. It is a very technologically advanced project. What is important is how AREVA can take advantage of the experience gained on the first projects to deliver further projects.

Construction of the third and fourth EPR reactors in Taishan, China, is proceeding according to schedule. Based on the current progress of these projects, we have used four times fewer engineering hours on units 3 and 4 than on the Finnish “first of a kind” project. We are also able to reduce costs: in Taishan, building 1 MW using AREVA’s EPR is costing 15 % less than in the case of Generation III reactors built by other vendors.

When construction of the first reactor starts in Poland, all four EPRs will be working and key construction and operational experience will have been acquired, providing certainty for the Polish project if the EPR option is chosen.

You have expressed your willingness to work with Polish partners on this project. What will this involve?
AREVA does not promise. AREVA acts. Polish companies are actually partnering with AREVA: 1,000 employees from Poland work on Olkiluoto 3 construction site. Some components have been manufactured by Polish companies. Polish companies are top players in Europe and of course AREVA is willing to collaborate with them on the future Polish nuclear plant construction site. AREVA has already met leading companies and will pursue its contacts in the industry. The first nuclear power plant in Poland built by Poles is an exciting challenge to which AREVA is willing to commit.

You plan to present AREVA technology in Warsaw on Sept. 29.

AREVA is investing in Poland. We opened a dedicated representative office last January. AREVA’s CEO Anne Lauvergeon came to Poland in May as part of the Economy Ministry’s Nuclear Day, hosted by Ms Trojanowska. AREVA day, to be held on Sept. 29, will be the second main Polish event in 2010 for our group. AREVA specialists will travel to Warsaw to meet Polish engineers and managers for a full-day seminar.
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