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Also in its relations with the outside world it would have a certain autonomy which could make for simplification when it came to third parties. Huet's prime objective became the creation of an Agency with real projects, not just administrative functions "Il me faut du béton" he recalls saying at a meeting in Strasbourg and it became a guiding principle to which he devoted his considerable skills and energies. When drafting the chapter on General Organisation, in the section covering the Steering Committee, he added to the paragraph relating to its subsidiary bodies the word "the Steering Committee with its subsidiary bodies together with the control body shall be designated under the name of the European Nuclear Energy Agency".

For low capacity pilot units it was thought that the BWR and possibly the SGR would be suitable. This was later modified after discussions with the USAEC and the PWR and BWR were from thereon considered to be equivalent. In drafting its report, REP still envisaged a harmonisation of construction programmes and a wide exchange of information to help electricity undertakings choose the best system. It also proposed the setting up of a Study Group to select the type of reactor for a joint undertaking, work out ♦Electrical output is denoted by (e) and thermal output by (th).

At the December session of the Steering Committee, Halden took first place on the Agenda in the reactor discussion and Eugene was not even mentioned. Meanwhile, although the Study Group was pressing ahead with the formation of a new group of experts there came the disturbing news that a joint study made in the USA by the Babcock & Wilcox Company and the Nuclear Power Group (a grouping of electricity companies) forecast power costs from a HAR some three times those to be expected from conventional plant (14).

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