Areva has won a contract from Electricite de France (EDF) to provide major services and solutions for the maintenance and operation at the Chinon, Nogent and Belleville nuclear power plants.
Under the contract, Areva will be responsible for the coordination and performance of logistical, facility maintenance, handling and lifting operations of eight nuclear reactors at the plants.
The contract, which covers a period of five years, with an option for two additional years, will create more than 200 jobs and mobilise the expertise of more than 400 group employees.
Areva Back End business group senior executive vice-president Dominique Mockly said the latest contract represents the company's ability to offer integrated and innovative solutions that meet the needs of its customers and strengthens its partnership with EDF.
Located near the town of Avoine in the French Indre-et-Loire departement, on the Loire river, the Chinon plant currently has four operating reactors that employs around 1,350 full time workers.
The plant, which had seven reactors, of which three were closed, contributes around 6% of the country's total electricity demand.
The Nogent plant, which is located in the French commune of Nogent-sur-Seine, on the right bank of the Seine, in the west of the Aube department, features two 1,300MWe reactors, each having its own cooling tower 165m high.
The Belleville plant featuring two PWR type 1,300MWe reactors is located in north-west of the Cher administrative department on the left bank of the Loire and on the boundary of the Loiret, Nievre and Yonne departments.
Image: Areva will provide maintenance services for Chinon, Nogent, and Belleville nuclear power plants in France. Photo: courtesy of Electricite de France.