The first agreement was signed with Ansaldo Energia, which will allow Areva and Ansaldo to work together in Italy on the ENEL-EDF project to build at least four EPR reactors, and also on other projects globally. This Areva-Ansaldo partnership will notably cover cooperation in engineering, the supply of certain components, erection and commissioning tests.

The second agreement, signed with Techint, paves the way for the two companies to cooperate on future turnkey nuclear projects worldwide.

Lastly, the french company signed a training agreement with Cirten, the inter-university consortium for nuclear research and technology, which includes the universities of Rome La Sapienza, Pisa, Padua, Palermo, Polytechnic Milan and Polytechnic Turin.

As per the terms of the agreement, Areva will contribute to the development of new industrial competencies in Italy by providing information material and conference speakers, and allowing students to visit its sites. The group will also offer internships, develop research projects and deliver professional training.

Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva, said: “These highly complementary agreements illustrate Areva’s desire to work closely with Italian industry to revive the nuclear industry. With our partners and suppliers, we are well positioned to give our customers the experience and competencies they need to see through their nuclear projects in Italy.”