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Bradwell nuclear plant boosted by Chinese dome lift

Nuclear dome lift

A dome lift at a Chinese nuclear plant has paved the way for the construction of a nuclear reactor at Bradwell B in Essex.

The installation of the 236t dome at Unit 3 of the Fangchenggang plant in Guangxi Province is a major milestone for the Bradwell project, which is looking to use the same HPR1000 nuclear technology.

CGN and EDF are working together through their joint venture company GNS (General Nuclear System Ltd) to gain regulatory approval for the UK HPR 1000.

CGN UK CEO Zheng Dongshan said: “The announcement today shows the very positive progress being made at Fangchenggang Unit 3, and illustrates once again our expertise, as the world’s leading builder of nuclear power stations, in project management, engineering and construction of new reactors.

“This milestone for the HPR1000 technology is also great news for the Bradwell B project, showing that CGN will have a track record in safely and efficiently building and operating this type of reactor well before the project becomes operational in the UK.”

The UK HPR1000 GDA process is currently open for public comment.

Another key permission is the Development Consent Order process, which will involve multiple stages of public consultation before submission to the UK Planning Inspectorate and a decision taken by the Secretary of State.

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