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Strong foreign demand for HPR 1000 technology

Reporter: Sun Ye 丨 CCTV.com

10-01-2016 05:59 BJT

The agreements signed by the three parties has opened the door for China to export its modern nuclear technology. In the near future, the HPR 1000 design will start to provide clean energy for tens of thousands of people in Britain. The advanced nuclear technology will likely benefit even more people around the world in the future.

Britain plans to put China's most advanced nuclear technology, its HPR 1000 design, through gruelling tests before allowing contractors to use it in the Bradwell B nuclear project. Britain's generic design assessment is considered the most difficult in the world.
China's HPR 1000 design is one of the world's safest. And the technology is ready for export.

China General Nuclear Corporation is responsible for developing HPR 1000.  It is confident the design will pass Britain's approval process.

"HPR 1000 is the best technology of its kind in the whole world. It meets the highest safety standards. It can cope with extreme situations like what happened at Fukushima. And it can effectively process waste material in an advanced way. We're ready for GDA scrutiny," said Chen Yide, project manager of China General Nuclear Power Corp..

Once the design passes the GDA, China will be in a strong position to start exporting the technology around the world.

"We have successfully built many nuclear power plants in China. This is our first project in Britain and Europe, which is a big challenge for us since we were not clear about how the local laws, regulations and environment will affect the building of the plant. We hope we can gain some great experience during this joint project and lay a good foundation for our future projects," said He Yu, chairman of China General Nuclear Power Corp..

An estimated 5400 companies will benefit, every time China builds an HPR 1000 design overseas.

China's modern nuclear technology received a number of accolades during the IAEA General Conference in Vienna earlier this year.

"The center of developement is no longer Europe or United States, but it is Asia, in particular, China. China is constructing a lot of nuclear power plants, and this is helpful to mitigate the emission of carbon gas. China is committed to reducing carbon gas emissions, and we believe that the nuclear power plants in China will help achieve that objective," said Yukiya Amano, director general of IAEA.

A number of countries including Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey have expressed interest in buying HPR 1000 technology. China is currently building six HPR 1000 nuclear units abroad.

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