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China promoting own atomic technical standards to aid nuclear push overseas

Reuters

China’s State Council said it would promote the use of the Chinese nuclear industry’s independent technological standards worldwide, aiming to play “a leading role” in the global standardization process by 2027.

Its two major nuclear project developers, China National Nuclear Corporation and the China General Nuclear Project Corporation (CGN), are jointly promoting an advanced third-generation reactor known as the Hualong One to overseas clients, with CGN aiming to deploy the technology at a proposed nuclear project at Bradwell in Britain.

The push to extend Chinese technological standards was disclosed in new Cabinet guidelines published late on Thursday.

China aims to raise its total nuclear capacity to 58 gigawatts by the end of the decade, up from 37 GW at the end of June.

Capacity could reach as high as 200 GW by 2030.

China also has ambitions to dominate the global nuclear industry via its homegrown technologies.