The fuel assemblies will be delivered to the Taishan 1 EPR reactor in China, where production of the first Taishan EPR core will occur in three campaigns.

An EPR reactor core comprises 241 fuel assemblies while the company expects to deliver the Taishan EPR core to its customer TNPJVC in 2014.

These technologically advanced assemblies were designed especially for the third-generation reactor and will enable a significant boost in reactor performance in terms of safety and competitiveness.

AREVA CEO Luc Oursel commented that the production of this new type of fuel was a milestone for the company.

"I would like to congratulate all the AREVA employees who have worked on this project, from assembly design to component supply, and production of the final assemblies," Oursel said.

Work on the Taishan 1 EPR reactor is progressing rapidly with installation of the reactor vessel and the introduction of the four steam generators and pressurizer into the reactor building completed at the end of 2012.