China promoting own technical standards to aid nuclear push overseas

August 10, 2018 - 10:52 AM
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An armored infantry fighting vehicle, operated by a crew from China, drives through the water during Seaborne Assault contest at the International Army Games 2018 in Quanzhou, Fujian province, China August 8, 2018. Picture taken August 8, 2018. (Stringer/Reuters/China Out)

SHANGHAI — China’s State Council said it would promote the use of China’s nuclear industry’s independent technological standards worldwide, aiming to play “a leading role” in the global standardisation process by 2027.

Its two major nuclear project developers, China National Nuclear Corporation and the China General Nuclear Project Corporation, are jointly promoting an advanced third-generation reactor known as the Hualong One to overseas clients, with CGN aiming to deploy the technology at a proposed nuclear project at Bradwell in England.

The push to extend Chinese technological standards was disclosed in new cabinet guidelines published late on Thursday.

China aims to raise its total nuclear capacity to 58 gigawatts by the end of the decade, up from 37 GW at the end of June.

Capacity could reach as high as 200 GW by 2030, and China also has ambitions to dominate the global nuclear industry via its homegrown technologies. — Reporting by David Stanway Editing by Eric Meijer