China signed agreements with Sudan to build 600-megawatt atomic reactor

May 26, 2016 16:07 IST

China signed agreements on 23 May 2016 with Sudan to build 600-megawatt atomic reactor. It was the first of its kind in the African country.

The agreements were signed during a three-day visit to Sudan by a Chinese delegation led by Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration and deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Salient Features of the Agreements

• State-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) signed two agreements with Sudan on nuclear power development which includes building a 600-megawatt atomic reactor.

• The agreements may involve a blueprint for nuclear power development in the next ten years for Sudan and building the first nuclear power station in Sudan.

• China already had a nuclear cooperation with Pakistan as it has built several nuclear power reactors and is currently building two 1100 mw reactors in Karachi.

• The contract value or the type of nuclear technology to be used for the reactor was not disclosed.

China in Nuclear Production

• China is looking to popularise nuclear technology at home and abroad and plans to develop the experience into nuclear exports.

• Chinese nuclear companies are making huge inroads in global nuclear markets, including Britain and Argentina.

• CNNC has clinched deals with Argentina to build two nuclear reactors, while CGN, another domestic energy giant, partnered with Electricite de France to build three reactors in Britain.

Background

Sudan faced power shortages in recent years and is seeking to build two 600-mw pressurised water reactors to meet the growing demand for electricity, with construction on the first one starting in 2021.

The agreements reviewed all energy issues faced in Sudan and will provide solutions for all projects including the newer ones.

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