Areva Posts Loss, Announces Close of Solar Business

Shares in Areva closed 20 percent lower on Friday as the French nuclear group posted a first-half loss and announced it was dropping its solar business.

Cost overruns, delays, and the 2011 nuclear accident and the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan all helped stagnate Areva’s sales of its European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) technology since 2007, according to Reuters. Areva said in the article that it hoped France’s EDF would get permission from the European Union competition authorities to build two Areva reactors in Britain.

Areva said in Reuters it would close its concentrated solar power business and would write down 373 million euros ($500.6 million) on the business and listed an operating loss of 305 million euros ($409.3 million). About 100 solar jobs will be cut in the U.S. and India.

The company also said in Reuters that it would cut 1,500 jobs in Germany by the end of 2015 and 200 U.S. jobs this year. Revenue decreased 12.4 percent to 3.89 billion euros ($5.2 billion) and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) decreased to 226 million euros ($303.3 million) from 487 million euros ($653.6 million).

This article was originally published on Power Engineering and was republished with permission.

The video below offers a tour of AREVA’s Linear Fresnel Solar Power Plant in Bakersfield, California.

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Lead image courtesy AREVA.


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