Editor’s note: In celebration of the 68th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, we’ve selected a group of precious photos documenting the history of CGN over the past decades to celebrate National Day and wish the motherland China a prosperous future.
An enterprise's destiny is closely linked with that of the country and is no more verified than in the history of CGN. Its every critical moment could not be made possible without the Party's guidance and the support from the State.
Former leader Deng Xiaoping (L) meets Mr Kadoorie (R), the board chairman of CLP Holdings, at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Jan 19, 1985.
Deng (center, front) poses with representatives at the contract signing ceremony for Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company on Jan 19, 1985.
CGN was born through China’s reform and opening-up. Without the policies introduced at the end of 1970s, meeting the proper time and conditions, Guangdong could neither have the economic takeoff nor the urgent need for building a nuclear power station at that time. Without the Party and State leaders’ strategic foresight and full support, the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant could not have been constructed. Without Deng Xiaoping’s final decision to build Daya Bay Plant amid the anti-nuclear sentiment in Hong Kong, the construction might have died on the vine and there would not be the beautiful Daya Bay NPP – an example of the harmonious coexistence of industry and nature.
Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (5th, L) visits Daya Bay NPP on June 21, 1990.
Former premier Li Peng attends an operation inauguration ceremony for Unit 1 of Ling Ao Nuclear Power Station Phase I in Guangdong on July 2, 2002.
Former premier Wen Jiabao (R, front) visits CGN on Jan 7, 2005.
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao (3rd, L) visits Daya Bay NPP on Sept 5, 2010.
The development of CGN is a microcosm of China's economic boom. At the turn of the century, China started to promote nuclear power, which ushered in a new chapter for CGN’s business expansion. A group of nuclear power plants were built nationwide, such as Hongyanhe NPP in Liaoning, Ningde NPP in Fujian, Taishan NPP and Yangjiang NPP in Guangdong, and Fangchenggang NPP in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Breakthroughs were also made in the development of non-nuclear energy such as wind power and solar energy, allowing CGN to become a leader in the industry.
Premier Li Keqiang (L, back) witnesses the signing of a letter of intent for cooperation between CGN and Romanian national nuclear company Nuclearelectrica on Nov 25, 2013.
CGN’s Chairman He Yu (L, front) signs an agreement for investment in the construction of nuclear power projects in the UK with EDF (France) on Oct 21, 2015.
CGN’s future development will continue to play an important role in national rejuvenation. Today’s China is moving closer to the dream of national rejuvenation and having in-depth interaction with the world. As the country’s calling card, China’s nuclear power was given a new mission to promote the energy worldwide.
On Oct 21, 2015, CGN signed an agreement with EDF (France) for the investment in the construction of nuclear power projects in the UK.
Under the agreement, CGN is designated to build Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power project, and promote the two follow-up projects Sizewell C (SZC) and Bradwell B (BRB). For the BRB Project, it’s planned to adopt HPR 1000 (Hualong One) technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design.
Besides the UK, CGN has expanded its business to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe, and has grown into a globally influential enterprise in clean energy. CGN vows to make greater contributions to the prosperity and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.