The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has signed a research contract with a Chinese company.
It will cover aspects of reactor design, including consideration of environmental impact, selection of materials and the corrosion properties during usage.
The deal with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2014 in London.
The NNL is a UK Government owned and operated nuclear services technology provider.
Paul Howarth, NNL Managing Director said: “Over the past two years we have been talking to Chinese colleagues about different ways in which we can help them, based on the wealth of experience we have of nuclear plant operation and performance in the UK.
“I am delighted to see the signing of this contract and I hope it will be the first of many which we are able to sign with Chinese customers over the months and years to come.”