(Corrects spelling of Taishan and location of Guangdong in
PARIS Dec 9 French energy group Areva
has agreed a commercial partnership in renewable
energy with China General Nuclear Power (CGN) that will focus on
offshore wind power, it said on Monday.
The tie-up aims to identify commercial opportunities in
offshore wind, biomass, concentrated solar power, and energy
storage, Areva said in a statement.
"Areva will provide its expertise as an offshore wind
turbine manufacturer, and CGN will contribute to future projects
as an investor, developer, and operator of wind farms in China
and Europe," the statement said.
Areva, in consortium with Siemens, also signed a
contract to supply instrumentation and control systems for two
1,000-megawatt pressurized-water reactors in China, for which
construction is slated to start in 2014 and 2015.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Areva said it had also signed with China National Nuclear
Corporation (CNNC) a letter of intent to consider creating a
joint venture to develop a facility making zirconium alloy,
which is used in nuclear fuel assembly.
The company could produce up to 600 tonnes of zirconium
alloy annually by 2017 for the Chinese market, it said.
Areva is currently building two next-generation nuclear
reactors in Taishan in the southern province of Guangdong and is
in talks with China to build two other reactors.
(Reporting by Natalie Huet; Editing by Mark Potter)