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Made-in-China Reactor Gains Favor at Home as U.S. Tech Trips Up

April 1, 2019, 12:40 PM

China’s homegrown nuclear technology is gaining favor in the battle for the nation’s next generation of reactors as it seeks to move on after delays and cost blowouts from imported designs, according to a state-owned developer.

The country’s homegrown reactor, known as the Hualong One, will be faster and easier to repair and maintain than competing foreign designs because it will be made domestically, according to Chen Hua, chief executive officer of China National Nuclear Power Co., which builds and operates nuclear power projects in the country.

“We prefer the Hualong One,” Chen said in an April 1 interview on...

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