France's Framatome announced, 25 May, that it has supplied the digital safety I&C system for unit 3 of China National Nuclear Corporation's Tianwan nuclear plant in Jiangsu province. Tianwan 3 is a Russian-supplied VVER-1000, scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year.  

Framatome and the Russian company JSC Rusatom Automated Control Systems (JSC RASU) the same day signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum to enhance cooperation in I&C.  

The agreement notably provides a framework for the participation of RASU and Framatome in VVER and Framatome's NPP projects in the global market, cooperation in the fields of maintenance and modernisation, training, development of nuclear infrastructure, and support for the certification of Russian equipment to ensure compliance with European and international norms and standards.

RASU and Framatome seek to integrate Framatome I&C systems into Rosatom new build projects abroad, with the possible localisation of component and system production at Rosatom sites.