British nuclear regulators are expected to take five years to complete their generic design assessment of China’s HPR1000, or Hualong One, reactor. If the design is passed, it will be used at Bradwell in Essex, one of a number of third generation reactors planned for the UK over the next 10 years. The reactor will be built by General Nuclear Services (GNS), a joint venture between EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN). Under the strategic investment agreement the two signed in October, CGN agreed to take a 33.5% stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point project in Somerset, as well as jointly developing plants at Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell. The companies have been working together on nuclear projects in China for more than 30 years. Hinkley and Sizewell will use EDF’s EPR reactor but Bradwell will use the Hualong One design. The reactor is a third-generation design, originally based on French technology. It has an output of 1,150MW and a design life of 60 years.
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