LYON, FRANCE / LONDON, UK – 28 November 2023 – At the World Nuclear Exhibition, newcleo announces the signature of three partnerships with Assystem, a major player in the energy transition and the third largest independent nuclear engineering company in the world, Ingérop, a major player in the engineering sector, and Onet Technologies, a French nuclear industry expert.
Selected as part of the “Innovative Nuclear Reactors” call for projects under the “France 2030” investment plan, newcleo’s ambition is to commission a 30 MWe lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR 30) by 2030, as well as a pilot unit for the manufacture and multi-recycling of MOX (Mixed OXides) fuel for fast reactors. The project represents a total investment in France of €3 billion between now and 2030. To achieve these objectives and help accelerate the decarbonisation of the French economy and French and European industrial and energy sovereignty, newcleo has joined forces with nuclear engineering leaders Assystem, Ingérop and Onet Technologies.
Ludovic Vandendriesche, Managing Director of newcleo SA, commented:
“We are very pleased to be able to rely on the proven expertise of Assystem, Ingérop and Onet Technologies for the development of our lead-cooled fast reactor and innovative fuel plant. By partnering with these companies, which have set the standard for French nuclear engineering, newcleo is arming itself with the best technical skills needed to tackle the next phase of its development”.
As the world’s third largest independent engineering company in the field of nuclear energy and the largest in Europe, Assystem has proven skills in nuclear engineering, complex project management and digital services. To support both newcleo’s MOX fuel manufacturing and multi-recycling project and the development of the LFR reactor, Assystem will provide its expertise in digital engineering structuring and tooling, integration (technical coordination and systems engineering), nuclear safety and project management. Assystem may also work on some business areas.
Thomas Branche, Executive Vice-President of Assystem, commented:
“newcleo is carrying out one of the most ambitious development projects for Advanced Modular Reactors. We have already been working on this project for 6 months, and the partnership we will be launching with newcleo will help to ensure the success of this innovative project. It commits Assystem’s expertise over the long term, particularly in the areas of digital engineering structuring and tools, nuclear safety and project management.
newcleo has also signed a framework agreement with Ingérop, an engineering and consultancy firm renowned for its expertise in all areas of construction, particularly in the energy and nuclear sectors. Ingérop will contribute its expertise to the design and construction of the LFR 30 reactor and the MOX fuel manufacturing plant (project management, civil engineering and industrial architecture, geotechnical engineering, external works, organisation of site facilities, systems engineering, 3D modelling, BIM).
François Lauprêtre, Director of Ingérop’s Energy business, commented:
“This project is fully in line with our first strategic priority, ecology. It will contribute to the decarbonisation of electricity production, the reuse of spent fuel from current reactors and the reduction of the harmfulness of nuclear waste. We are proud to support newcleo in its development by providing all of Ingérop’s expertise in the design of INBs (basic nuclear installations)”.
A subsidiary of the family-owned Onet Group, founded 160 years ago, Onet Technologies is a nuclear engineering and services company whose main mission is to support nuclear players throughout the life cycle of nuclear facilities, from the development of new nuclear projects, engineering and maintenance services for nuclear facilities, to decommissioning and radioactive waste management.
To support newcleo in the commissioning of a 30 MWe demonstration and irradiation reactor and a fuel fabrication plant, Onet Technologies is deploying its design and construction engineering expertise in 3 main areas:
- Mechanics and mechatronics, with the design of mechanical components for the reactor’s core and the design of safety-related equipment for maintenance and operation,
- General installation studies, including functional and layout studies, studies of nuclear ventilation systems, fire protection and sizing of nuclear fluid systems,
- Nuclear safety, security and licensing by providing analysis and simulation expertise.
Alain Gauvin, Managing Director of Onet Technologies, commented:
“We are delighted to be partnering with a major player in the SMR field such as newcleo and working alongside them on this ambitious project. Onet Technologies is proud to contribute its expertise and know-how in the engineering design and production of critical mechanical components and safety-critical equipment to help newcleo design systems that can be industrialised and optimised for high-performance maintenance. By signing this partnership, Onet Technologies is reaffirming its commitment to the nuclear industry of the future, in the service of low-carbon energy”.
World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE)
newcleo and its partners will be present at the 5th edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), to be held from 28 to 30 November at Paris Villepinte – Parc des Expositions. The aforementioned agreements will be signed at the following times:
- newcleo x Onet Technologies – 28 November at 3pm on the ONET Technologies stand (n°D079)
- newcleo x Assystem – 29 November at 10.30am on the Assystem stand (n°J054)
- newcleo x Ingérop – 29 November at 3.30pm on the Ingérop stand (n°D125)
On 29 November, newcleo is also organising a workshop, newcleo’s Lead-Cooled Fast Neutron Reactor Project, led by Aude Bouchet, Head of Engineering Fuel Manufacturing and Samuel Barbier, Project Engineer LFR-AS-30 at 9.30am, Workshop Room 2 and a lunchtime aperitif starting at 11.30am, to be held at the newcleo stand at the WNE (n°H132) in the presence of co-founders Stefano Buono, CEO of newcleo and Elisabeth Rizzotti, COO.