French utility EDF has signed an agreement with China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) to share their experience of plant operation and engineering support for existing nuclear fleets.

The agreement intends to preserve the highest safety levels as well as maintain consistency between French and Chinese procedures and standards.

A separate agreement with Chinese electric utility, Huadian, has also been signed by EDF for a future cooperation on cycle gas-turbine power plant, hydro power plant operation and renewable energy projects in China and internationally.

The agreements have been signed during an official visit by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to China.

EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said: "These agreements with our long-term Chinese partners will deepen our existing cooperation, and lay the foundations for new joint projects.

"EDF is delighted at this prospect; it demonstrates the lasting nature of our presence in China, which benefits the entire French nuclear sector, from flagship companies such as AREVA and ALSTOM to the dozens of small- and medium-sized French businesses who have had a presence in this market alongside EDF for more than 30 years."