During the X Anniversary International Forum ATOMEXPO-2018 the Rusatom Automated Control Systems (RASU JSC) and China Techenergy Co. Ltd (PRC), which is division of China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN), signed a memorandum of cooperation and implementation of cooperative projects in Russia’s and China’s internal markets.
Andrey Butko, AO RASU Director General, signed on behalf Russia, and Sun Yunbign, Director General of CTEC, signed on behalf of China.
The document reflects the parties’ agreements on implementing cooperative projects in Russia’s and China’s internal markets and in third counties.
The objective of collaboration is to enhance reliability, economic efficiency, and competitiveness of automated process control systems (APCS) for NPP units. The document identifies first priority steps in near-future cooperation. AO RASU and CTEC will consider the issue of setting up a consortium for implementing joint deliveries to advance the Tianwan NPP (generating units Nos. 7 and 8). In addition, the joint action plan calls for holding technical, certification, and marketing consultations relating to the promotion of advanced Russian and Chinese APCS developments in foreign markets within the scope of international projects.
The agreement also defines the parties’ intention to promote localization of the hardware produced by CTEC in Rosatom’s industrial sites. Moreover, CTEC confirmed its interest in using Russian-made control systems in future planned generating units or those currently under construction in China; their number is constantly rising. Today, 38 reactors generating 34.4 GWt are in operation in China.
Andrey Butko, RASU JSC Director General, explained: “The signed document and the first important step towards creating a product that could gain acceptance in most NNP’s throughout the world. It is no secret that efficient partnership allows us today to develop the highest quality product, such as NPP generating unit APCS. This is advantageous both for as, the designers and manufacturers of control systems, and our clients whom we are ready to supply with the most ‘advanced’ engineering solutions.”
In the view of Sun Yunbign, Director General of China Techenergy Co. Ltd., “Our collaboration with Rosatom’s business integrator in the field of automation systems opens new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in the global nuclear power marketplace. We view ROSATOM as a reliable partner for supplying the NPP market with effective and verified solutions and developments.”