Rolls-Royce awarded contract by EDF to supply boron measurement technology to 34 nuclear reactors in France
Rolls-Royce, in partnership with COMEX NUCLEAIRE, has been awarded a contract to supply boron measurement systems for the entire fleet of 900MW nuclear reactors in France owned and operated by EDF Group.
Rolls-Royce boron meter technology, known as Boronline, complies with the latest French safety regulations. It provides real-time data on boron concentration levels in the reactor coolant through continuous measurement and is essential to control the reactivity of the core and ensure safe operation.
Eric Blanc, President - I&C, Rolls-Royce said: “We are delighted to be awarded this contract. We have extensive experience in nuclear I&C and invest continuously in R&D to ensure that we are able to offer our customers the latest I&C technology that meets the most stringent safety regulations.”
“Our relationship with EDF spans over forty years and we are pleased that they have once again put their trust in our world-class technologies which help to ensure the safety and performance of their reactors.”
The contract, which includes equipment feasibility and supply, on-site activities and long-term support, is scheduled to run until 2022. COMEX NUCLEAIRE will oversee mechanical design, support for licensing with French Safety Authority (ASN) and installation.
Rolls-Royce provides I&C systems and solutions to more than 200 nuclear reactors worldwide including all 58 nuclear reactors in France, through its I&C centre of excellence based in Grenoble, France.About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
- Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
- Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,200 power and nuclear customers.
- Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
* Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business
* Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to
* Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency
* Cash – improving financial performance.
- Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £70.4 billion at 30 June 2014.
- In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
- Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers. The Energy businesses transferred to Siemens in December 2014 have just under 2,100 permanent employees.
- The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes. Globally we have over 1,000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors who are actively involved in education programmes and activities; we have set ourselves a target to reach 6 million people through our STEM outreach activities by 2020.
- Rolls-Royce has a large and highly experienced nuclear skills base with approximately 4000 employees in the UK, France, the Czech Republic, North America and China.
- Rolls-Royce provides nuclear power utility vendors and operators with integrated, long-term solutions and support services spanning the whole reactor lifecycle, from concept design through to obsolescence management and plant life extension. With nuclear expertise including component manufacturing, licensing, project and supply chain management as well as world-class engineering, the company has been a key player in the industry for over 50 years.
- 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. Rolls-Royce digital I&C solutions are designed to provide safety and performance through technology and long term support.
- Boronline is the latest generation of Boron Meter designed by Rolls-Royce, which provides nuclear power plant operators with a permanent record of the boron concentration contained in a water cooling circuit by way of continuous sampling and real time measurements. Boronline technology will be also installed in the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor in France.
- COMEX NUCLEAIRE is part of ONET TECHNOLOGIES Group.
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