France and China consolidate nuclear energy relationship

3 February 2015

France and China's nuclear industries are to collaborate more closely under the terms of a set of new agreements.

Companies from the two countries will share expertise and engineering support following a three-day visit to the Asian nation by French prime minister Manuel Valls in January.

EDF and CGN, for example, agreed to share their experience of plant operation and engineering support for existing nuclear power plants.

Areva and CNNC, meanwhile, signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a joint venture to supply nuclear transport and logistics services that commits the French firm to assisting "the deployment of a used fuel transportation and logistics system in China".

EDF's chairman and CEO, Jean-Bernard Lévy said, "These agreements with our long-term Chinese partners will deepen our existing cooperation and lay the foundations for new joint projects."

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