Rolls-Royce has confirmed it is in talks with Chinese state-run firm China General Nuclear (CGN) over providing essential systems for a new power station in the UK. The UK engineering company makes instrumentation and control systems for nuclear reactors. The plant will be based at Bradwell, on the River Blackwater in Essex. The project is one of three new nuclear schemes in this country in which CGN is centrally involved. Rolls-Royce already has an agreement with CGN’s subsidiary, CTEC, to develop and sell reactor control systems for selected projects in China and on international markets. The planned new “Bradwell B” power station is a major component of the government’s nuclear strategy. The country’s existing reactors are ageing and all of them are due to shut down by 2035. Last year, a leading US security official reportedly warned the government against developing a close relationship with Chinese contractors, on the grounds that civil nuclear technology was being adapted for military use. Some experts believe the involvement of Rolls Royce will help to allay concerns about the security of the Bradwell project.
BBC 21st Jan 2019 read more »
Rolls-Royce has made a fresh play to secure a central role in Britain’s nuclear revival, pitching its equipment for use in the proposed Chinese plant in Essex. The engineering giant has approached China General Nuclear (CGN) to propose using its control systems at the Bradwell plant instead of the Chinese company’s own kit. Rolls-Royce’s approach marks a change of tack in its UK nuclear strategy after its efforts to develop smaller reactors, dubbed “mini nukes”, foundered. Its talks with CGN, which were first reported by the Financial Times, come amid heightened scrutiny of Chinese control over UK critical infrastructure. CGN told The Times that it intended to proceed with its own control systems for the Essex plant and was seeking permission from UK safety authorities to use them. Rolls-Royce, a FTSE 100 eng ineering group that employs about 50,000 people worldwide, had been a vocal advocate of an alternative approach to new nuclear by building smaller “modular” reactors. However, it has slashed jobs in its division after failing to secure government funding. It now appears to be positioning itself to instead capitalise on potential unease over China’s lead role at Bradwell. Control systems are hardware and software that are critical to the safe operation of the plant. Rolls-Royce’s technology is understood to be one of the options that could be considered if the regulator rejected CGN’s plans.
Times 22nd Jan 2019 read more »
Rolls-Royce has confirmed it is considering supplying equipment for a power plant China’s largest state-owned nuclear firm plans to build in Essex. China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) is looking to ease concerns over national security on the project planned for Bradwell on the Essex shoreline, which using Rolls-Royce as a supplier could help with.
City AM 21st Jan 2019 read more »
While it remains a way off completion, the proposed Bradwell B nuclear station has the potential to serve the UK’s energy needs with a 2.3GW capacity. The proposed Bradwell B location is situated next to the decommissioned Bradwell A nuclear power station at a 183-hectare site the government deemed suitable for new nuclear build in 2011. The project is in its infancy, with multiple consents and permissions still required before construction can begin, including a development consent order (DCO), a nuclear site licence and various environmental permits.
Compelo 21st Jan 2019 read more »