Rolls-Royce wins contract to support French civil nuclear reactor modernisation programme

Monday, 19 December 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won a €250 million contract with AREVA to supply safety instrumentation and control (I&C) technologies and systems for the French nuclear reactor modernisation programme. The systems will be installed in the twenty-strong French fleet of 1300 MW nuclear reactors operated by Electricité de France (EDF).

The project will ensure that the reactor fleet continues to meet safety and licensing requirements through the deployment of the latest I&C technologies, systems and components provided by  Rolls-Royce. This I&C project is being carried out by AREVA as part of the third round of ten-yearly planned reactor outages managed by EDF.

Benoit Chabre, President, Instrumentation and Control, Rolls-Royce said: “We are proud of our relationship with Areva and our long partnership with EDF which spans over forty years. We are pleased that they have once again put their trust in our world-class I&C technologies which help to ensure the safety and performance of their reactors.”

Rolls-Royce will provide the I&C technology for systems such as the Reactor Protection System and the Nuclear Instrumentation System, each underpinned by Rolls-Royce patented Spinline™ technology. Additionally, the company’s Rodline technology will be deployed in the Rod Control System.

Compliant with the highest class 1E international nuclear safety requirements, market-leading Rolls-Royce Spinline™ technology solution provides utility companies safety and performance through technology and long term support. The Rolls-Royce range of digital nuclear safety, control and monitoring systems are designed to simplify all operational, diagnostic and maintenance elements of nuclear plant while improving safety.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
  7. Rolls-Royce is a technology-neutral supplier to the nuclear market and has a number of agreements in place with leading companies including AREVA, EdF, Nuclear Power Delivery UK Ltd, Larsen & Toubro and Rosatom.
  8. Rolls-Royce instrumentation and control business has been established and operating for more than 40 years and has 450 employees based in Grenoble. It is the original equipment manufacturer of safety critical nuclear instrumentation and core control I&C systems in all 58 reactors in France.
  9. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in the delivery of digital safety I&C systems, with more than 40 years of successful operation in 200 nuclear reactors worldwide. Rolls-Royce digital I&C solutions are designed to provide safety and performance through technology and long term support.
  10. Rolls-Royce integrated I&C solutions are based on world-class engineering and state-of-the-art technology that combines hardware, electronic and software components to produce a unique digital I&C platform for both new nuclear power plants and the refurbishment of existing plants.
  11. Rolls-Royce developed the first digital integrated protection system (Spinline™). From initial concept, it was designed specifically as a safety technology and to meet stringent nuclear safety requirements.
  12. Underpinned by market-leading Spinline™ technology, the Rolls-Royce Spinline™ Reactor Protection System monitors vital reactor operation parameters and in case of emergency will automatically shutdown the reactor and determine the corrective actions to be taken. 13.
  13. Rolls-Royce Rodline Rod Control System is designed to safely and reliably manage the Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM) within the nuclear reactor.

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