February 23, 2016 / 4:59 AM / 3 years ago

China'S CGN says delayed Taishan EPR reactor still on track

SHENZHEN, China, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A project to build two French-designed EPR nuclear reactors in the southeastern Chinese city of Taishan remains on track despite technical problems, an official with the China General Nuclear Group (CGN) told reporters on Tuesday.

Construction was still underway, the official said, but he did not give a timeframe for when the reactors will be completed and connected to the grid.

CGN entered into a joint venture with France’s EDF to build two EPRs in the city of Taishan in 2007 and the project was scheduled to be completed by 2013. However, the reactors, designed by France’s AREVA, have been subject to delays in China and as well as in France and Finland, amid concerns about the safety of the technology.

Xu Dazhe, chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, told reporters last month that while EPR projects have been delayed as a result of safety concerns, China had made more progress on the technology than elsewhere.

The CGN official also said the company was still in the process of finalising an agreement with EDF to build a British reactor project at Hinkley Point, despite financial problems at the French firm. He did not elaborate. (Reporting by Clare Jim; Writing by David Stanway; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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