Areva in talks for EPR reactor deal in Ohio-report

PARIS, June 18 Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:46am EDT

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PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - French group Areva CEPFi.PA is in exclusive talks with U.S. power group Duke Energy (DUK.N) to build a new generation nuclear reactor in Ohio, French daily newspaper La Tribune reported on Thursday, citing no sources.

The two groups have 18 months to agree on the scope and amount of the deal, which would be Areva's eighth project in the United States, La Tribune reported, saying the project could be unveiled in a statement later on Thursday.

No one at Areva was immediately available to comment.

Areva and Duke Energy will partner with Unistar Nuclear Energy, a joint venture between French power group EDF (EDF.PA) and Constellation Energy Group CEG.N, and uranium enrichment specialist USEC USU.N.

Areva, a state-controlled nuclear reactor supplier, is currently building four EPR reactors in the world, one in Finland, a second in France and two others in China. (Reporting by Marie Maitre; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

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