"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Areva have accumulated losses of €1.7 Bn. on constructing Olkiluoto 3 - Siemens want out ... European Pressurized Reactor in trouble

France's national nuclear company Areva has produced their FY 2008 results and revealed estimated accumulatedlosses of at least €1.7 Bn. on constructing Olkiluoto 3.

The 1600 MWe EPR reactor at Teollisuuden Voima Oyj's (TVO's) Olkiluoto site which was meant to begin operation this year is now expected to start in 2012. The joint Areva-Siemens contract was worth €3 billion when signed at the end of 2003.

In October Ava announced a 4th delay to the Finnish project — Europe's first pressurized nuclear reactor. The so-called European Pressurized Reactor is meant to eventually replace aging reactors whose designs date from decades ago - such as the one's planned for the UK by EDF.

Arbitration in the International Chamber of Commerce is underway between TVO and Areva . Proceedings are secret, but it is known that the Areva-Siemens consortium would like a schedule extension and €1 billion ($1.2 billion) in compensation and late payments, while TVO has said in letters that it considers itself entitled to a whopping €2.4 billion ($3.0 billion) in damages.

OL3 is the largest construction project in Finland and one of the largest worksites in Europe with over 4,500 site workers.

Areva also announced that Siemens wants out of their joint Areva NP reactor technology joint venture. By the end of January 2012 Areva must purchase Siemens' 34% stake, which it has valued at €2.05 billion ($2.61 billion) ahead of final negotiations. This sum was added to Areva's net debt which then jumped to €5.5 billion ($7.0 billion), although this is balanced by equity of €7.3 billion ($9.3 billion).

Apart from these problems with Siemens and TVO , Areva's business performed strongly, with its order book growing to €48.2 billion ($61.4 billion), up 21% on last year. Company CEO the beautiful Anne Lauvergeon said the group's performance in the current economic situation demonstrates "the robustness of the Areva business model." In the last year, Areva has hired almost 10,000 new staff.

Areva made a net profit last year of €589 million, down 20.7 % from €743 million in 2007, while sales rose 10.4 % to €13.2 billion.

Uranium prices slide

Uranium prices fell by 40 % last year and this hurt Areva's earnings resulting in drastically cutting, then suspending, uranium trading activities in the second half. The mine in in Canada, Niger and Kazakhstanand refine the product in France.

See article on Rand Uranium for overview of cuent world Uranium m arket and currentproblems.


Anonymous said...

Areva was clearly unprepared to win the construction contract. Then a thing called quality control came them as a completely new thing.

What comes to French project time tables, this doesn't flop significantly differently from Airbus project time tables.

Won't the same French optimism continue with ITER?

ziz said...

Optiism / lies not restricted to Fench look at delays on the Boeing 787 - indeed will it ever fly ?

Terminal 3 opened on time and then Quality Control kicked in - ir like Microsoft getting customers to act as mass Quality Control.

It seems that the fInns are n't without blam - hence the arbitration.

The troubles for UK are 2 fold

1,Evidently planning / construction etc timetables are going to stretch - and remeber we are talking buildig 4 sites probably simultaneously.

2 Capital costs are at least 70% of production costs so if plants are going to come in at 4 - 6 Mn Euros the economics of nuclear power start looking very, very risky.

Siemens pulling out does not look god.

Anonymous said...

The logic of dispute:

Olkiluoto nuclear plant is an economic disaster for Areva. They want to cut losses and get out as quickly as possible, thus they sued Finns.

Finns can argue that because Areva sells its nuclear plants at a higher price in China and they are easier to construct after the first one, and the construction costs are lower in China, the troubles are caused by the lack of planning and initial optimism of Areva.

Additionally Finns can argue that they have no motivation to delay the construction because the delays will cost much to them.

The size of the damage claim is a signal that Finns think that the contractor stepped over the border or is incompetent to deal with Finns. And Finns expect the contractor to admit its diplomatic error by stepping a little bit further back than otherwise would have been necessary, if it had been competent in its dealings.

Anonymous said...

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