Areva, Making Nuclear News All the Nuclear Time

By July 13, 2007Energy

We’ll have the full schedule later in the day, but anticipating this week’s “America’s Business,” the NAM radio program features interview with Michael McMurphy, president and CEO of Areva NC, Inc., the U.S. arm of the French multinational energy company and world leader in nuclear power. Boy, things are hopping in Areva’s world.

  • AREVA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, readying the launch of joint venture to develop and market their new mid-sized nuclear reactor around the world. (Mitsubishi news release.)
  • Alcan, the aluminum producer, has signed on Areva to build a $130 million high-voltage substation in Saguenay, Quebec. (Alcan’s in the news in its own right, as Rio Tinto offers a $42 billion buyout.)
  • Areva has picked Suez Energy to be its partner in construction of a uranium enrichment plant in southern France.
  • From Forbes: “French nuclear energy giant Areva is interested in a partnership with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd that could include part ownership, Areva Canada president Armand Laferrere told the Toronto Star.”
  • And that’s all just in a single week! Sometimes you start paying closer attention to a company and are just stunned by all that’s going on.

    BTW, Areva has a been running an award-winning international ad campaign with some nifty Macromedia Flash animations, which you can watch here. It’s educational, in a Funkytown kind of way.

    UPDATE (9:45 a.m.): NEI’s Nuclear Notes blog has more on Areva and the French nuclear industry in a post today.

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