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Global nuclear power giants CGN, EDF further cooperation


China’s CGN and France’s EDF, two global nuclear power giants, held their sixth summit in London, the United Kingdom on Nov 22 to compare notes and boost cooperation on nuclear projects.

Chairman He Yu of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman of Electricité de France (EDF) led each top management team to exchange views around topics such as EPR nuclear power projects, proposed projects in the UK, generic design assessment (GDA) of China's homegrown third generation nuclear technology – Hualong One (HPR 1000) and bilateral partnerships.

Reviewing the good cooperation over the past years, both corporations agreed to solidify work on current projects, deepen strategic partnership and promote bilateral relations to a higher level in the future.

CGN and EDF have a long history of cooperation starting from the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province.

For over 30 years, both sides have formed a solid relationship featuring mutual help and trust, which sets a good example for Sino-French cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and has won wide recognition among governments, He Yu said.

With concerted efforts, HPR 1000 GDA entered its second phase on Nov 16, which marks a significant step in realizing the deployment of Chinese third generation nuclear technology in the UK.

Lévy said that EDF has always supported cooperation with CGN on nuclear power, and good results achieved from previous projects in France, the UK and China have helped reinforce the partnership.

Both parties will work together to ensure the Hinkley Point C project process and budget control are completed as scheduled.

Passing GDA means a lot to both sides, said Lévy. EDF will spare no effort to welcome win-win results.

During his visit to the UK, He Yu also held meetings with Britain's energy minister Richard Harrington and China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming.


The sixth summit between global nuclear power giants CGN and EDF is held on Nov 22 in London, the UK.


Top management teams from CGN and EDF pose for a photo in London, the UK.


CGN Chairman He Yu (R) holds a meeting with Britain's energy minister Richard Harrington in London, the UK.


CGN Chairman He Yu (L) holds a meeting with China’s ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming in London, the UK.