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A New Stage of Sino-French Cooperation
Tue 25 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 CEST
NCIB Workshop series
A New Stage of Sino-French Cooperation: building the next generation Nuclear Power Station in the UK
25 April 2017, Paris
Amphi 301, NEOMA Paris Campus, 9 Rue d'Athènes, 75009 Paris
Since its accession to WTO in 2001, China has played a growing role in the world economy thanks to its strong trade and investment position. Chinese outward FDI stock in the Europe has been boosted at a pace of more than 44% per year (CAGR) during the period of 2007-2015, while its annual flows to the Europe Union reached €35 billion in 2016, which is four times as much as European investment in China. As a result, an increasing number of Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs) started to emerge on the global stage through M&As and strategic alliances.
The strong financial position and growing technological capabilities have not only allowed Chinese MNEs to acquire the world class technology from European countries, but also to initiate partnership with European leading firms to tap into third party markets, especially in high-tech and emerging industries. In 2016, China General Nuclear (CGN) and EDF successfully got approval from the British government to build Hinkley Point C, the UK’s first new nuclear power station. At the same time partnership agreements were signed off to also develop new nuclear projects at Sizewell C and at Bradwell B (this last one is based on Chinese Hualong technology). This set of projects is a prime example of how Chinese and European MNEs can collaborate together in large infrastructure and industry projects by pooling their technology, resources and expertise.
The NEOMA Confucius Institute for Business has the opportunity to invite Dr. Sandro Baldi, Head of Technologies and Strategy to discuss about EDF’s recent partnership with CGN in UK: the construction of Hinkley Point C project. The extension of EDF’s partnership with CGN into third-party markets can be regarded as illustration of “a new stage” of cooperation between Chinese and European firms, which will undoubtedly provide new opportunities, but also challenges. The workshop will also discuss about the rise of China’s investment in European energy, especially renewable and clean energy sectors.
Tentative program (18h30-20h30, 25 April 2017)
Welcome remarks, Prof. Dr. Haiyan ZHANG, director of NEOMA Confucius Institute for Business
Chinese-French-British partnership: Case of Hinkley Point C - the UK’s first new nuclear power station, by Dr. Sandro BALDI, Head of Technologies and Strategy of EDF
A new stage of Sino-French partnership in technological cooperation: Opportunities and challenges, by Prof Haiyan ZHANG, Director of NEOMA Confucius Institute for Business
Q&A and collection of evaluation form
18h30-20h30, 25 April 2017
Venue: Amphi 301, NEOMA Paris Campus, 9 Rue d'Athènes, 75009 Paris
Biography of Speakers:
Dr. Sandro Baldi
Sandro graduated in Nuclear Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering awarded by the University of London. He started off his career in 2004 as research fellow for Surrey University in UK in charge of experimental studies in the field of fluid dynamics. He then joined EDF Group in 2006 as Nuclear Safety Engineer in EDF Energy in UK working on the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for the UK EPR design. Within the same project he soon moved to positions related to project management helping setting up the quality arrangements and project controls for GDA. From 2008, after the acquisition of British Energy by EDF, he joined Nuclear New Build (NNB), EDF Energy division in charge of delivering Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C projects. As part of NNB he covered a number of positions before moving to EDF France as Head of Schedule Management function and deputy Head of Project Controls for Hinkley Point C where he lead the first establishment of a fully integrated project baseline. From May 2016 he has been appointed as Head of Technologies and Strategy within the New Build division of EDF Group. He is also overseeing the overall EDF Group coordination for the UK Hualong GDA and Bradwell B project led by a CGN-EDF JV.