On November 23, 2010, Areva inaugurated its new Hydraulic Pump Test Center, the world's most advanced.
The AREVA Test Center is part of the Agglomération Maubeuge-Val de Sambre (AMVS) policy to promote innovation.
The Agglomération Maubeuge-Val de Sambre (AMVS) is pursuing a proactive innovation policy in total synergy with the companies operating in the Sambre-Avesnois region.
JSPM AREVA found in the Maubeuge-Val de Sambre conurbation a partner of choice, meeting all the conditions for the installation of its test center.
In addition to the reduced-flow tests already carried out at AREVA's Jeumont site, the new facility houses a test loop that enables the primary pump sets (PPGs) of EPRTM reactors to be tested under real conditions of flow, pressure and temperature.
Until now, there has been no infrastructure to enable full flow GMPP testing for the EPRTM. These components are essential to the safety of nuclear reactors, since they ensure the circulation of water between the reactor vessel and the plant's steam generator. By setting up this center, AREVA is further strengthening the safety guarantee for the EPRTM reactor, and giving itself an additional competitive edge.
It is expected to generate 800 jobs over the next 10 years.
It should be noted that the agglomeration had already invested in industry and metrology with the organization of metrology and business meetings.