Framatome has signed several new contracts covering the extension of the operating cycles of the two Daya Bay units to 18 months, a change which is expected to improve the economics of the plant. Framatome says that this marks a significant stage in the cooperation with its Chinese partners and should favour the company’s participation in future nuclear projects in the country.

The new orders cover:

• Engineering analyses to adapt the NSSS in which the plant operator GNPJVC and the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) will participate.

• Technology transfer of the associated calculation codes and engineering methods.

• Transfer of AFA 3G advanced fuel assembly design and fabrication technology to the Yibin Fuel Plant and NPIC.

• Supply of demonstration AFA 3G fuel assemblies and of assembly components for producing future reloads.