China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Group (CNEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Amec Foster Wheeler on nuclear sector collaboration.

Amec Foster Wheeler said it is the first time CNEC has agreed to collaborate with a global engineering consultancy on the deployment of next-generation high-temperature reactors in the UK and internationally.

The MOU was signed in Beijing during a nuclear industry trade mission organized by UK Trade & Investment and the China-Britain Business Council.

The firms say they will work together to develop opportunities for nuclear power development, construction, operation and decommissioning projects worldwide. They also aim to identify specialist knowledge that each can contribute towards reactor outage management, operation, aging management, lifetime extension and upgrading of existing units.

In addition, the scope of the agreement covers training, waste management and decommissioning.

Amec Foster Wheeler said it expects that CNEC will make use of its new High-Temperature Facility in the UK, where research and testing on materials capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1000 degrees C is planned.

“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 realize the potential benefits of this tremendously important technology,” said Tom Jones, vice-president of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business.