The British government is expected to fully approve a nuclear power project at the Bradwell site in Essex, England next month.
The deal, part of a wide-ranging civil nuclear pact between Britain, France and China, may be sealed in October during the Chinese president’s state visit.
The Chinese firms involved are to build a prototype nuclear reactor at the site. The plant would be the first Chinese-designed and operated facility in the West. It is the price Beijing has extracted in return for its agreement to help pay for two new plants to be built by France’s EDF Energy — one at Hinkley Point in Somerset and the other at Sizewell, Suffolk.
A DECC (Department of energy and climate change) spokesman said of the expected Bradwell sale: “Negotiations are ongoing and whatever the outcome it will need to be a good deal for the UK.”
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