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CGN made official partner of China Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017


China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) was awarded as an official partner of the China Pavilion at the World Expo 2017 to be held in the Kazakhstani capital Astana from June 10 to Sept 10.

The news came from a ceremony held for CGN’s inauguration as the China Pavilion’s official partner in Beijing on April 28.

CGN spokesman Huang Xiaofei (L) receives a certificate as the official partner of China Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017 in Beijing, April 28.

Officials and experts in the energy sector from more than 100 countries and international organizations will attend the expo, of which CGN will avail the opportunity to display and promote its products and solutions in clean energy, as well as further enhance international cooperation.

The China Pavilion, carrying the theme “Future Energy and Green Silk Road”, features nuclear power as one of its highlights. The Belt and Road Initiative facilitates Chinese enterprises’ going global, and the cooperation on energy is an important part of Belt and Road construction. CGN plays an active role in promoting energy cooperation between Kazakhstan and China and HPR1000, the country’s domestically developed third-generation nuclear technology.

CGN’s global development is carried out in the countries and regions along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, serving the national strategy of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to CGN President Zhang Shanming.

The honor reflects CGN’s recognition from the two countries and is significant to the company, since the World Expo is a grand international event like the Olympic Games and the China Pavilion is one of the largest pavilions at the Expo.

After years of efforts, CGN has grown into an international provider of clean energy services from a Chinese nuclear giant,” Zhang said. “Going-global is a bottleneck that CGN should resolve for its goal of being a globally renowned enterprise.”

Kazakhstan is a key hub on the Silk Road Economic Belt and a cooperative partner of CGN in Central Asia. The enterprise has experienced fast development in its business layout in the country, since it joined hands with Kazakhstan’s national atomic company Kazatomprom on uranium development, trade on natural uranium, and fuel pellet processing.

A group photo of guests at the ceremony.

CGN has made significant achievements in working with Kazakh enterprises in uranium development and the manufacturing of   nuclear fuel assemblies in the past decade. It signed a memorandum of understanding on clean energy cooperation with Kazatomprom in May of 2015. Both sides also inked a deal in that year to build a nuclear fuel assembly plant and mine uranium deposits in the central Asian country.

Huang Xiaofei, CGN spokesman, gives an interview at the ceremony held for CGN’s inauguration as the China Pavilion’s official partner in Beijing on April 28.

China and Kazakhstan attach great importance to clean energy. In February 2016, a Kazakh delegation consisting of a group of high-profile officials and experts attended the HPR1000 Tour and International Summit in CGN’s Daya Bay nuclear power base in Shenzhen, where the delegation was briefed on the development of HPR1000 technology and had in-depth discussions with Chinese engineers.

Other influential Chinese enterprises at this year’s China Pavilion include the State Grid Corporation of China, PetroChina Co Ltd, China Guodian Corp, Zhejiang Energy Group Co Ltd, Golden Concord Holdings Limited and China National Nuclear Corporation -- they will all demonstrate their technological strengths in the energy sector.

As the first world expo featuring “future energy”, The Astana Expo 2017 is expected to attract more than 100 countries and 10 international organizations to take part in and receive over 5 million visitors.