UK engineering company Aveva has formed a strategic alliance with China Nuclear Power Design Company.

Aveva today signed a Memorandum of Co-operation with CNPDC, China’s first professional nuclear power design company and part of the GuangDong Nuclear Group, China’s second-largest nuclear player.

This deal builds on an 11-year relationship between the two firms which has seen CNPDC deploy Aveva software on 26 projects.

Under the new MoC, CNPDC will use Aveva solutions for its AP1000 (Westinghouse) and Chinese third generation nuclear projects.

Paul Eveleigh, Aveva’s executive vice-president for greater China, said: “We signed the MoC in order to collaborate together on mutually beneficial initiatives including jointly-developed applications for wider distribution, technical support and training.”