France's Orano (formerly Areva) and China National Nuclear Corporation agreed to begin preparatory work on the "used fuel processing and recycling plant" in China.
In January 2018, New Areva and CNNC signed a "memorandum of commercial agreement." At the time, the cost of the contract was estimated to be $14.5 billion. The plant will have the capacity of 800 MTHM/year. China is also building a smaller indigenous reprocessing facility.