The preliminary safety report (PSR) for China’s domestically-developed Hualong One, also known as HPR 1000, was delivered to the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency as part of the country's very strict assessment process – Generic Design Assessment on Oct 26 local time.
As the first comprehensive report submitted for the HPR 1000 GDA, the PSR’s delivery laid a solid foundation for further assessment and marks CGN’s first step in the process to seek permission that the Chinese Gen-III nuclear power technology with proprietary intellectual property rights is to be deployed in the UK.
On Jan 10, 2017, the British government announced that it accepted the application of the HPR 1000 GDA, which is considered by industry experts to be the strictest in the world involving huge amount of resources input.
The nuclear power giant announced earlier this year that General Nuclear System Limited, a joint venture between CGN and Electricité de France (EDF) was in charge of the HPR 1000 GDA.
Both sides have made detailed schedules for the assessment process, divided into four phases and with 60 months to complete.
The Unit 3 of Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Plant in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region serves as reference plant for UK’s nuclear power project for the GDA, said Mao Qing, CGN's chief technical officer.
It is estimated that British regulators will take about nine months to carry on the following examination upon the submission of the PSR. The second phase for GDA will begin in mid-November.
As the reference NPP for CGN’s UK projects, the HPR 1000 demonstration project of Fangchenggang NPP phase two is progressing smoothly. The installation for Unit 3’s nuclear island started on Oct 16 and the concrete casting for the raft foundation of Unit 4 will be finished this month.