Concerning the Japan-France High-level Talks on Collaboration in the Nuclear Energy Field

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Today the governments of Japan and France announced the results of high-level talks between the two countries concerning their collaboration in the nuclear energy field.

In their talks, the two countries confirmed their intent to pursue further collaboration between their governments and between their nuclear power industries in a collective effort to drive forward technologies in the nuclear power generation field. Areas of cooperation include construction and operation of nuclear power plants, decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. and potential decommissioning of other existing nuclear power plants in the future, and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

Japan and France have collaborated in the nuclear power generation field for some decades. In 2007 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) established an equally owned joint venture with AREVA NP: The ATMEA Company. AREVA NP is a group company of AREVA, a comprehensive nuclear power manufacturer in France; it performs engineering and manufacturing of nuclear power plants. The ATMEA1, the latest jointly developed 1,100 MWe (megawatt electric) class pressurized light-water reactor, has already achieved results by selection of four ATMEA1 units for a nuclear power plant in Turkey. In the latest high-level talks, the significance of this achievement enabled by the Japanese and French partnership was reaffirmed, and the two countries agreed to continue their collaboration in promoting the ATMEA1 reactor's wide adoption in other countries.

In line with the results of the talks between Japan and France, MHI will continue to proactively and dutifully carry out its role as a member of the nuclear power industry, contributing to the further development and strengthening of the cooperative ties between the two countries, the further enhancement of the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants, and the further development of technologies relating to the fuel cycle, decommissioning of existing plants, etc.