Chinese pop-up power stations are not the solution to our growing energy needs and considerable caution over Chinese involvement must be exercised by the government says GMB.
GMB, the energy union, has urged caution over new minister for Energy and Industry Jesse Norman’s announcement  he has the UK’s independent nuclear regulators to assess a new Chinese built nuclear reactor for Essex.
The Office for Nuclear Regulation, and the Environment Agency, will begin a Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor - the nuclear reactor designed by China General Nuclear which General Nuclear Services (a subsidiary of Electricite de France SA and China General Nuclear) propose to use at a prospective new nuclear power station at Bradwell.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said:
"The assessment called for today by the new minister for Energy is of huge importance - not just for Bradwell itself but for the future programme of new build nuclear reactors in the UK.
“Chinese pop-up power stations are not the solution to our growing energy needs and GMB has for years urged government to exercise considerable caution over Chinese involvement in terms of the technology, financing, security and the jobs - both during construction and once built."
Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351
Notes to Editors
 Press Statement from Jesse Norman MP
Made by: Jesse Norman (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State , Minister for Energy and Industry)
UK HPR1000 Reactor
I have today asked the UK’s independent nuclear regulators, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and the Environment Agency, to begin a Generic Design Assessment of the UK HPR1000 reactor.
This is the nuclear reactor design by China General Nuclear which General Nuclear Services (a subsidiary of Electricite de France SA and China General Nuclear) propose to use at a prospective new nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex.
In September the Secretary of State confirmed that the Government had decided to proceed with the first new nuclear power station for a generation at Hinkley Point C. This will see the start of a new nuclear programme that will help provide the energy security we require as we move to a low carbon energy future.
The investment by General Nuclear Services (GNS) in committing the resources required for the UK HPR1000 reactor (Hualong Reactor) to go through the Generic Design Assessment underlines the fact that international companies continue to view investment in the UK’s low-carbon energy future positively.
The Government welcomes such investment. The nuclear industry in the UK is subject to a stringent regulatory regime to ensure safety, security and mitigation of any potential environmental detriment. Generic Design Assessment is now an established feature of the regulatory regime and is a respected process for rigorous and transparent nuclear regulation. I am therefore pleased to be asking the regulators to begin to assess the UK HPR1000 reactor through GDA.
As with previous such assessments, the full cost of the GDA will be charged to the Requesting Party (in this case GNS) which submits the design for assessment. This process is independent of any final agreement to commission a reactor of the relevant type.
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