Amec Foster Wheeler to collaborate with the Chinese on high temperature reactors for the UK

Amec Foster Wheeler has announced that it has signed a wide-ranging agreement with nuclear power plant constructor China Nuclear Engineering & Construction (Group) Corporation (CNEC) for the deployment of high-temperature reactors in the UK. The two companies have confirmed a memorandum of understanding covering potential collaboration in the nuclear industry.

Commenting on the tie-up Tom Jones, Vice President of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business said, “High-temperature reactors have great potential to provide safe, clean and sustainable energy for the future. We hope that our collaboration with CNEC will help the UK and China to realise the potential benefits of this tremendously important technology.”

For their party CNEC Vice President Zu Bin, also stressed the importance of the technology, “The high-temperature gas cooled reactor is inherently safe and can generate electricity efficiently and competitively for power generation, heat supply and desalination.”

The agreement was signed in Beijing as part of a nuclear industry trade mission organised by UK Trade & Investment and the China-Britain Business Council.

The agreement is broader than a focus on high-temperature reactors and Amec Foster Wheeler and CNEC have committed themselves to work together to develop opportunities in nuclear power development, construction, operation and decommissioning projects globally.

They will also identify specialist knowledge that each can contribute towards reactor outage management, operation, ageing management, lifetime extension and upgrading of existing units. The scope of the agreement also covers training, waste management and decommissioning.

It is expected that CNEC will make use of Amec Foster Wheeler’s new High-Temperature Facility in the UK, which will carry out research and testing on materials capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees centigrade.