5 Sept (NucNet): Canada, China and Argentina have agreed to carry out a joint study into possible cooperation on new Candu reactor units in the three countries.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and Nucleoelectrica Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding in China to carry out a joint study into potential cooperation in the design, manufacture, construction and operation of Candu nuclear power plants, AECL said on 4 September 2007.
CNNC and Nucleoelectrica Argentina have also agreed to strengthen cooperation in sharing and exchanging their Candu-6 nuclear power plant operational and maintenance experience.
China has two Candu units in service at Qinshan phase three while Argentina has one older unit operating at Embalse.
Nucleoelectrica Argentina recently signed an agreement with AECL to enter into commercial negotiations to build a new 740-megawatt Candu-6 reactor unit similar to the Qinshan phase three design.