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France helps Italy up nuclear power generation

10 April 2010 5:17

Europe’s largest atomic energy producer, France, says that it will cooperate with Italy more closely to increase nuclear power generation in its southwestern neighbor.

France was ready to share its nuclear power expertise, said French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday.

During their meeting at the Elysee presidential palace, seven agreements were signed to bolster cooperation in the nuclear sector.

France’s Areva, the world’s biggest nuclear reactor maker, signed a memorandum of understanding on reactor projects with Italian engineering group Ansaldo Nucleare.

A statement from Areva said the company will contribute to the development of new nuclear industrial skills in Italy.

Last year, the two European nations signed a partnership agreement bringing together major industrial players from both countries for Italy’s plan to build the new reactors.

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