(Yicai Global) Jan. 25 -- China General Nuclear Power Corporation remains committed to building three power plants in the UK and is in talks with Rolls-Royce Holdings over the supply of control systems for a planned complex in Bradwell, Essex.
The Shenzhen-based firm seeks to allay UK national security concerns about the project by working with the London-based engineering company, according to a report published in the UK's Financial Times newspaper on Jan. 20. The control system is regarded as the central nervous system of a nuclear facility as it operates the reactor and handles emergency shutdowns.
CGN's plan to build atomic power stations in the UK has not altered, and its cooperation with Rolls-Royce has already begun, it said in a statement on Jan. 23.
A Roll-Royce tie-up would not only ease concerns in Britain, but also help Chinese and British companies expand in the international arena to everyone's mutual benefit, an industry insider said.
CGN, French utility Électricité de France and the British government signed a deal on the UK plants in September 2016. Chinese state-backed CGN will have stakes of 33.5 percent and 20 percent in the Hinkley Point and Seitzville stations, respectively, and install its independently designed Hualong HPR1000 reactors at the Bradwell site as controlling shareholder.
"CGN is committed to developing clean energy and willing to contribute to the UK's clean energy construction with over 30 years' experience in building nuclear power," it said. "The company's strategy for the three nuclear power plants to be built in the UK has not changed. We will work with our partners to promote construction of these projects."
A unit has inked deals with Rolls-Royce to provide the global nuclear energy market with integrated solutions of meters and control systems, CGN said, adding that Rolls-Royce is one of the many British companies providing services and support for the Hualong HPR1000 project in the UK.
CGN affiliate Guangli Nuclear System Engineering signed a cooperation agreement with Rolls-Royce in June 2018 at the World Nuclear Exhibition held in Paris. The pair will integrate their digital and analog technologies, explore new tech development and launch a new generation of nuclear-grade digital instrument control platforms.
The two parties also aim to apply their control solutions in related projects in China and overseas, further enhancing customer experience and value for the global nuclear energy market.