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.
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British nuclear experts are to undertake a detailed study of a Chinese reactor design after ministers decided to go ahead with plans to construct a nuclear power station on the Essex coast. General Nuclear Services, a partnership between the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corporation and EDF, of France, wants to construct the new Hualong One model of reactor at a site at Bradwell-on-Sea. Jesse Norman, junior minister at the business and energy department, said yesterday that he had ordered nuclear regulators to begin a detailed technical appraisal to establish whether the design was safe to build in the UK: “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.” The ONR’s review is expected to take about four years, after which the reactor design could be granted a licence to be built in Britain. A reactor of the same type is under construction in China at Fangchenggang. The decision to move forward with the project comes after Theresa May’s administration expressed initial scepticism about Chinese investment in key British infrastructure. Nick Timothy, the prime minister’s chief of staff, has written in the past that he was “baffled” by the Hinkley Point project and he criticised the role of Chinese investors, which he had described as a potential security risk.
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China’s hopes of building its own nuclear reactor in Essex have moved a step closer to reality after the Government accepted its proposed design to begin safety assessment for use in the UK. The chance to build a plant at EDF’s Bradwell site was the key prize for Chinese state nuclear group China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) when it agreed to fund one-third of the cost of the French energy giant’s £18bn Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset. The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now asked nuclear regulators to begin the Generic Design Assessment of CGN’s design, the HPR1000, kicking off a process that industry experts expect to take about five years. The reactor has yet to be built anywhere in the world but CGN said it was based on a design that was under construction in Chin a, where it was on schedule to start up in 2021. The costs of the GDA, which have not been disclosed, will be footed by EDF and CGN, which have formed a joint venture called General Nuclear Services to develop the Bradwell plans. The process will look at environmental, safety and security aspects of reactor design, but will not examine the suitability of CGN as a potential nuclear developer despite security concerns over its involvement.
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The British government has asked nuclear regulators to begin a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK HPR1000 reactor. This is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services (GNS) – a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) – proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell.
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This is a key step in the development of proposals from CGN and EDF for a new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. The UK’s nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency are among the most rigorous, independent nuclear regulators in the world. All nuclear operators in the UK must work within this strict regulatory framework, and all reactor designs satisfy the safety, security and environmental requirements of the Generic Design Assessment process. The proposed Bradwell project is in an early pre-planning stage which will involve years of investigative works and public consultations before detailed proposals are produced allowing a planning application to be made. A UK version of HPR1000 reactor is intended to be built at Bradwell following GDA approval. CGN and EDF have been working together for more than 30 years on nuclear development and construction in China. They have formed an industrial partnership in the UK to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.
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