Development at the Bradwell B power plant is progressing well, according to EDF Energy and China General Nuclear Power Corporation, which together are developing a new UK nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea, on the Essex coast. Bradwell will be built with indigenous Chinese third generation nuclear technology -Hua-long Pressurized Reactor 1000 (also known as HPR1000)– with support from EDF. CGN and EDF are preparing geographical studies of the site where the Bradwell power generators will be located. These works include checking the soil condition; assessment of cooling facilities and design strategies to protect the local biodiversity, according to Richard Mayson, director of Bradwell Power Generation Company. As the first nuclear power plant in a developed economy using Chinese technology, Bradwell is expected to pave the way for the international expansion of China’s nuclear industry. “The HPR1000 design enjoys the advantages of both maturity and economic efficiency,” said Mao Qing, CGN’s chief technical officer in Britain. Mao says HPR1000’s technology is mature because it builds incrementally on proven technology, instead of incorporating huge quantities of completely new features. Its economic efficiency is achieved by simplifying some features relative to other earlier third-generation designs, without compromising quality and safety. Four nuclear reactors in China have been built using HPR1000 technology－two at Fuqing in Fujian province and two at Fangchenggang in Gunagxi Zhuang autonomous region. Chinese companies are also actively negotiating deals to build HPR1000 stations in Kenya and Egypt. Peter Haslam, head of policy at the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association, said CGN is providing huge economic benefits “locally and nationally” through the Bradwell project.
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The Chinese company which takes one third of stakes in the French-led Hinkley Point C project in Britain expects a new China-led nuclear power plant to get approval from the British government. Robert Davies, Chief Operating Officer of the General Nuclear International, a UK subsidiary of China’s Shenzhen-based General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), told Xinhua Friday that he is “very confident” with the China-developed third-generation HPR1000 nuclear reactor getting through the ongoing government assessment. “We finished the first stage of the four stages in Generic Design Assessment (GDA) and we are about to start the second,” he said. “So by the end of this year we will be about 25 percent through.” The British nuclear regulator has begun the GDA for the HPR1000 nuclear technology that is proposed for the new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. Davies said the company hopes the HPR1000 to have gone through the GDA in four and a half years’ time.
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