Fukushima Disaster Won’t Stop Construction of New Reactors in Europe Says AREVA Chief Officer

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Areva SA, the world’s largest provider of nuclear equipment and services, is “not at all concerned” about the outcome of stress tests on Europe’s atomic power stations, Chief Commercial Officer Ruben Lazo said.

The Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan won’t stop construction of new reactors in Europe, Lazo said in an interview yesterday after a ceremony in Prague where representatives of Areva and rival bidders Westinghouse Electric LLC and a Russian-Czech group led by ZAO Atomstroyexport got technical specifications for two new reactors at CEZ’s Temelin station.

The U.K., the Czech Republic and Poland continue to press ahead with plans to build more reactors.

“We are all waiting for the stress tests, but we are completely calm,” Lazo said. “Fukushima has not stopped many countries from going as planned.”

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