10 Jan (NucNet): The UK has confirmed that its nuclear regulators have been asked to begin the generic design assessment (GDA) process for a UK version of China’s indigenous HPR1000 ‘Hualong One’ nuclear technology. China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and EDF of France submitted a joint application to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in October 2016 to begin the GDA process for a UK version of the HPR1000, a 1,000-MW pressurised water reactor. The reference plant for the design is CGN’s Fangchenggang-3 in China, which is under construction and on schedule. The UK government said on 10 January 2017 that the GDA marks a first step in the “robust and thorough” process to seek permission to build a nuclear power station at Bradwell in Essex. The proposed Bradwell project is in an early pre-planning stage which will involve years of investigative works and public consultations before detailed proposals are produced allowing a planning application to be made. CGN and EDF have been working together for more than 30 years on nuclear development and construction in China. They have formed an industrial partnership in the UK to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset and to develop Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex.