Most of China's nuclear know-how has foreign roots. Westinghouse, Alstom, Areva and Russia's Rosatom have been building mainland plants with Chinese partners for years. A relatively new foreign partner now working with Chinese companies on domestic nuclear plant projects is Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI).
But China General's reactor, called the ACPR-1000, is just one example of the country's effort to work -- and make money -- independently in the field. The first reactor will be installed in a plant now under construction in China's far south which, after start-up, might sell electricity to neighboring Vietnam.
China wants the ACPR-1000 to compete with reactors sold by GE Hitachi, Areva and Westinghouse. China General says the reactor meets "post-Fukushima requirements" for safety. Potential buyers currently include South Africa and Turkey.
And Chinese nuclear companies plan to work in teams. For example, if China General wins a foreign contract for a reactor, other Chinese plant suppliers and contractors would likely get involved in the plant building project. And China General says it's working with Dongfang and Shanghai Electric to offer 100% Chinese-equipped and built nuclear power plants around the world.
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