That’s according to Zheng Dongshan, the Senior Vice President of China’s CGN Power Company Limited, in remarks made last week.
The news seems to confirm our report from February that Brexit could lead to long delays to the renewal of the UK’s nuclear power grid.
At the time, the British government was said to be quietly intending to leave Euratom as part of the Brexit process. That intention has now been confirmed.
Euratom has, since 1957, overseen the development of nuclear power and equipment in the European Union. Leaving the organisation will mean that the United Kingdom will need to agree nuclear agreements with other countries, a process that could take months or even years.
The British government might also need to start its own organisation to oversee nuclear power, a process that could also be extremely time consuming.
The news will be of particular concern to Great Britain’s Chinese and French nuclear partners.
As we’ve reported extensively over the last few months, EDF from France and China General Nuclear Power Corporation, have together formed General Nuclear Services (GNS). GNS will work on a number of new nuclear power projects in the UK, including at Hinkley Point C and Bradwell in Essex.
These projects represent an investment worth billions of pounds by GNS, and so any delay will not be welcome.
The technology behind the new power stations is, however, progressing well. The Chinese-designed HPR1000 nuclear reactor, which will power them, is starting the process of gaining UK certification.
That’s referred to as ‘General Design Assessment’ and is expected to take around four years to complete. – CRI
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