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France electric company to build nuclear plants in China

August 14, 2008

Web in France Magazine
August 12, 2008

EDF of France in joint venture with China Guangdong Nuclear Power
Corp to build two reactors in Guangdong province

France, a country that gets 80% of its power from nuclear sources, is
exporting its nuclear expertise to the fastest-growing Asian nation.

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France hailed the announcement that two
nuclear reactors will be constructed in China by EDF of France. The
pact is the culmination of talks that began in the fall of 2007, when
Electricite de France and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company
signed a joint venture agreement for the ownership, construction and
operation of two new-generation European pressurized reactors at
Taishan in the province of Guangdong, China. The newly-formed
Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited, or
TNPC, will construct the next-generation power stations.

The business arrangement between France and China comes at a time
when tensions have been fanned by protests in France and elsewhere
over China's handling of Tibet. The Olympic torch's progress through
France was disrupted by protests, prompting Chinese to boycott French
superstore Carrefour, all as China is in the world's spotlight
because of the Beijing Olympic Games. By compartmentalizing business
and politics, Sarkozy hopes to keep a running dialogue going between
France and China, while acknowledging the business reality that China
is booming, and France should not be left out.

Sarkozy was quoted in French newspapers as saying that the agreement
"demonstrates the quality of the Franco-Chinese partnership in the
civilian nuclear sector" and that the deal "consolidates France's
status as China's primary partner in the sector."

Electricite de France wants to be the leader in nuclear power
worldwide, and was already well on its way before the China deal. The
French power company will control about one third of the
French-Chinese nuclear partnership TNCP for 50 years. Areva, the
France-owned nuclear manufacturer, will provide the nuclear equipment
for the two facilities, while another French company, Alstom SA, will
provide the turbine equipment. The Chinese company, meanwhile, will
be responsible for providing the building site and will make its
engineering and operational capabilities available. The two nuclear
power facilities in China will be modeled on already successful
plants operating in France.

It seems that Sarkozy's 1000-megawatt diplomatic style has not
dimmed, and his energy-export policy may yet light the way toward
patching things up between France and China.
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