Nuclear regulators have been asked by the government to begin the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the reactor which will be used at the Bradwell B nuclear plant in Essex. The power station is being developed by China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF, which are also working together on the Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C plants. “I have today asked the UK’s independent nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency, to begin a Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor,” said business and energy minister Jesse Norman in a statement to the Commons. As the cost of the assessment is borne by the applicants, Norman said the decision to apply for one “underlines the fact that international companies continue to view investment in the UK’s low-carbon energy future positively”. CGN and EDF submitted an application to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through their joint venture, General Nuclear System, in October last year. Also known as Hualong One, the reactor design was jointly developed by CGN and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The reference plant for the assessment is the third unit at CGN’s Fangchenggang nuclear power station which is currently being built in China.