China will finish construction of its first high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) on the outskirts of Beijing, intended as a school for the next generation of nuclear technicians.

“It will not be used to provide electricity, but will serve as a base for testing the next generation of nuclear technologists and to train experts,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted officials at the Institute of Nuclear Energy of Qinghua University.

The 10 MWt reactor, which uses helium as a coolant, is located 40 km from Beijing, close to the Great Wall.