MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin and two Chinese partners have announced an agreement in principle to embark on a joint venture that would see the new partners develop, market and build the Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor (AFCN), starting with design centres in Canada and China and leading to possible AFCN builds in China.
The joint venture would be with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and Shanghai Electric Group Company Ltd.
The new company would develop, market and build the AFCN.
The creation of the joint venture in principle follows the signing of a framework agreement in 2014, and is subject to all government and regulatory approvals.
The new company is expected to be registered in mid-2017, and would be followed by the formation of the two design centres to complete the AFCR technology.
This could lead to construction of the world’s first two AFCR in China, and possibly subsequent builds in China and around the world.
Each AFCR can use recycled fuel from four light-water reactors (LWRs) to generate six million megawatt-hours of additional carbon-free electricity without needing new natural uranium fuel.
This would be enough new electricity to power four million Chinese homes, and also displace six million tonnes of carbon emissions per year versus coal, the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road.
China has more than 33 LWR nuclear power reactors in operation and another 23 LWRs under construction.
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