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Paris (AFP) Nov 13, 2012
French energy groups EDF and Areva said Tuesday they have signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese counterpart CGNPC to jointly develop a new medium power nuclear reactor, confirming a report in the financial daily Les Echos.
The report said that the three companies had completed an MoU to develop a 1,000 megawatt Generation III reactor, which spokespeople for EDF and Areva subsequently confirmed.
"This is the first step in the development of a new 1,000 megawatt reactor that would be common to EDF, CGNPC and Areva," an EDF spokesperson said, while emphasising that this was only the start of a long process that would include a decision on which kind of nuclear reactor to develop.
An Areva spokesperson said: "It is a question of working on the reactor's specifications, to see if there is any possibility of a combination with the Atmea reactor" that Areva has already designed with its Japanese partner MHI.
Cooperation between China and France in the nuclear field has increased since a new centre-left French government took office in May.
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