A MAJOR milestone has been reached for nuclear technology which could potentially be used for a new Bradwell power station.

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and EDF Energy are carrying out groundwork for a new nuclear power station in Bradwell, which would be called Bradwell B.

Whilst development of Bradwell B is still in the very early stages, with no concrete plans expected for several years, CGN have this week announced the successful completion of dome lifting at the demonstration project of HPR1000 nuclear reactor technology, the same tech that would be used for Bradwell Bm subject to regulatory approval.

The dome lifting took place at Unit 3 of the nuclear power station at Fangchenggang in Guangxi Province, China.

Dome lifting is an important point in the construction phase of a nuclear power plant, as the dome is a vital part of ensuring the integrity and sealing of the reactor building.

With the dome in place, it is now possible to begin equipment installation, marking a major milestone for the project.

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.

The Generic Design Assessment is at present at step two of a four step process.

Zheng Dongshan, CEO of CGN UK, said: “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.”

A number of consents and permissions are required for the Bradwell B project, which will take several years to secure, following consultation with the local community and general public.

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