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CGN Power

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis


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Company Description

CGN Power is a leading energy company headquartered in Beijing, China. Founded in 1994, the company specializes in providing nuclear power, wind power, hydro power, solar power and thermal power solutions. Its main products and services include power generation and operation, clean energy, energy conservation and environmental protection. CGN Power serves markets in mainland China, as well as Hong Kong, Macau and other international markets.

Industry Overview

CGN Power is a global leader in the nuclear power generation industry. The total size of this industry is estimated to be around $60 billion, with over one million employees based in countries around the world such as the United States, China, France, and Japan. CGN Power has made significant investments in research and development, as well as in the construction of new nuclear power plants, in order to strengthen its presence in this industry. The company is currently the largest nuclear power generator in China, and is looking to expand its operations to other countries.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged CGN Power as a business operating within the Electricity industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: A system for determining a power output of a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 10,071,682
Date: June 5, 2018.

Patent Title: Wind turbine blade with integrated structural support
Patent ID: US 9,943,927
Date: May 15, 2018.

Patent Title: Method, system and device for controlling the operation of a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 9,933,937
Date: May 8, 2018.

Patent Title: Wind turbine blade with integrated tubular spar
Patent ID: US 9,918,888
Date: May 1, 2018.

Patent Title: Method of assembling a wind turbine blade with an integrated structural support
Patent ID: US 9,905,822
Date: April 24, 2018.

Patent Title: Wind turbine with a control system for controlling the rotation speed of the rotor
Patent ID: US 9,890,937
Date: April 17, 2018.

Patent Title: System for controlling the operation of a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 9,875,731
Date: April 10, 2018.

Patent Title: Method and apparatus for controlling the operation of a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 9,857,912
Date: April 3, 2018.

Patent Title: System and method for controlling a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 9,846,093
Date: March 27, 2018.

Patent Title: Method and apparatus for controlling the operation of a wind turbine
Patent ID: US 9,836,225
Date: March 20, 2018.

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Nuclear Power Generation
  • Thermal Power Generation
  • Wind Power Generation
  • Hydropower Generation
  • Solar Power Generation
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Services
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Services
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Services
  • Nuclear Technology Services
  • Energy Storage Solutions
  • Smart Energy Solutions
  • Power System Planning and Operation Services

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • China Huaneng Group
  • China Datang Corporation
  • China Huadian Corporation
  • China Huadian Hong Kong Company Limited
  • China General Nuclear Power Corporation
  • China Three Gorges Corporation
  • EDF China
  • China Power Investment Corporation
  • Shenhua Group Corporation Limited
  • China Resources Power Holdings Company Limited
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Shareholders: CGN Power’s shareholders are the ultimate beneficiaries of the company’s success. They invest their funds in the company in order to receive returns on their investment.

2. Customers: CGN Power’s customers are the key stakeholders as they purchase the company’s services and products. They are also the source of revenue for CGN Power.

3. Employees: CGN Power’s employees are the human resources that make the company work. They are key stakeholders as they provide the skills and knowledge necessary to make the company successful.

4. Suppliers: CGN Power’s suppliers are the vendors and contractors who provide the company with materials and services necessary to produce its products and services.

5. Government: The government also has a vested interest in CGN Power’s success as it provides the necessary regulatory framework and oversight for the company.

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like CGN Power different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand CGN Power and its position within the marketplace.

CGN Power is a renewable energy company that offers a suite of products and services to help customers reduce their energy costs. The company's products and services include solar, wind, and energy storage. CGN Power also offers consulting services to help customers find the best way to reduce their energy costs.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Low Cost Base: CGN Power operates a low-cost, high efficiency business model which enables it to remain competitive while providing reliable and affordable energy.

Clean Energy: CGN Power is a major player in the clean energy sector, with a major focus on renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro. This allows CGN Power to provide customers with clean and sustainable energy sources.

Innovative Technologies: CGN Power uses innovative technologies such as digitalized monitoring systems and big data analysis to optimize energy production and reduce costs.

Experienced Team: CGN Power has an experienced team of engineers and technicians who are highly skilled in operating and maintaining power plants and other energy sources.

Strategic Partnerships: CGN Power has strategic partnerships with leading companies in the energy sector, allowing it to access the latest technologies and resources.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Residential Customers
  • Commercial Customers
  • Industrial Customers
  • Public Sector Customers
  • Municipal Customers
  • Investor-Owned Utilities
  • Rural Electric Cooperatives
  • Wholesale Power Customers

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Decarbonization: As the global demand for renewable energy sources continues to grow, CGN Power could benefit from transitioning to more renewable energy sources. This could provide them with the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint and become a more sustainable company. Additionally, this could potentially lead to a more cost-effective energy source, which could help CGN Power become more competitive in the market.

Increasing Consumer Demand: With the rise of digital technology, consumers’ expectations of energy providers have grown. Consumers now want more reliable and efficient electricity services, as well as access to more personalised services. CGN Power could leverage this trend by offering innovative services to their customers, such as smart meters and digital energy services.

Growing Global Population: As the global population continues to grow, so too will the demand for energy. CGN Power could capitalise on this trend by expanding their operations to meet the increased demand.

Increasing Focus on Clean Energy: As more governments around the world focus on renewable energy sources, CGN Power could benefit from investing in clean energy sources. This could potentially lead to more lucrative opportunities for the company, as well as a more sustainable business model.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for CGN Power include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement


Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

Solar power systems: CGN Power could develop and offer solar power systems that are designed to match the needs of their customers. This could include solar panel installations, energy storage systems, and other related products and services.

Energy efficiency solutions: CGN Power could develop and offer energy efficiency solutions such as energy audits and retrofits, insulation upgrades, and other energy-saving upgrades for both commercial and residential customers.

Renewable energy consulting: CGN Power could offer renewable energy consulting services that help customers understand their energy needs and identify suitable renewable energy sources for their particular situation.

Battery storage solutions: CGN Power could develop and offer battery storage solutions such as lithium-ion batteries, flow batteries, and other types of energy storage solutions.

Off-grid energy solutions: CGN Power could develop and offer off-grid energy solutions such as solar and wind power systems, energy storage solutions, and other related products and services.

Smart energy management systems: CGN Power could develop and offer smart energy management systems that help customers monitor and manage their energy use more efficiently.

Education and training programs: CGN Power could develop and offer educational and training programs that help customers better understand renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Nuclear engineering companies: Westinghouse Electric Company, AECOM, and Fluor Corporation
2. Renewable energy companies: Enel Green Power, NextEra Energy, and Ørsted
3. Technology companies: Siemens, ABB, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
4. Financial services companies: Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley
5. Utilities: China Southern Power Grid, State Grid Corporation of China, and China Datang Corporation Renewable Power

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries
Porter's 5 Forces is a framework used to analyse an industry's attractiveness. The following are the 5 forces and how CGN Power scores in relation to them.

Competitive rivalry: CGN Power scores HIGH in this category as it is one of the largest nuclear power companies in China.

Threat of new entrants: CGN Power scores HIGH in this category as it has a large market share and HIGH barriers to entry.

Threat of substitutes: CGN Power scores HIGH in this category as nuclear power is a unique source of energy.

Bargaining power of buyers: CGN Power scores HIGH in this category as it has a large number of customers.

Bargaining power of suppliers: CGN Power scores HIGH in this category as it has a large number of suppliers.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: CGN Power's customers are power companies, government agencies, and multinational companies. They are located in China and other countries, and they purchase and use CGN Power's products and services to meet their energy needs.

Actors: CGN Power's actors include its employees, suppliers, and partners. The company's employees provide the necessary expertise and resources to ensure the company produces and delivers high-quality products and services to its customers. Its suppliers provide the necessary materials and components for the company's products and services, while its partners provide additional support and resources.

Transformation process: CGN Power's transformation process involves the development and implementation of innovative technologies and strategies to generate and deliver energy to its customers. This involves the use of renewable energy sources, energy storage technologies, and advanced monitoring and management systems.

World view: CGN Power views itself as a leader in the energy industry. It seeks to provide reliable and sustainable energy solutions to its customers. The company also strives to reduce its environmental impact through the use of renewable energy sources and energy storage technologies.

Owners: CGN Power is owned by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The company is also partially owned by the China National Nuclear Power Corporation (CNNPC).

Environmental constraints: CGN Power is subject to environmental regulations and requirements in the countries in which it operates. These regulations and requirements dictate the company's emissions and waste management practices, as well as its use of renewable energy sources. Additionally, the company must also comply with international standards and guidelines for energy production and delivery.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the CGN Power business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. CGN Power is a leading nuclear power company in China with over 30 years of experience in nuclear power generation.

2. CGN Power has a strong nuclear safety record with a comprehensive safety management system.

3. CGN Power has a strong technical team with extensive experience in nuclear power plant operation and maintenance.

4. CGN Power has a diversified business portfolio with nuclear power plants under construction in China and abroad.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Expand into new markets: CGN Power can leverage its extensive expertise and experience in the energy sector to expand into emerging markets. This could be achieved by forming joint ventures and strategic partnerships with local partners, as well as by investing in research and development to develop innovative solutions for meeting energy needs in new markets.

2. Increase efficiency: CGN Power can focus on improving operational efficiency by implementing more advanced technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to optimize energy production and distribution. This could help the company reduce its costs and increase profitability.

3. Invest in renewable energy sources: CGN Power can invest in renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, to reduce its reliance on traditional sources of energy. This would also help it meet commitments to reduce emissions and become more sustainable.

4. Acquire other companies: CGN Power can look for opportunities to acquire other companies in the energy sector to expand its market share and increase its revenue. This could be achieved by entering into strategic partnerships or acquiring minority stakes in other companies.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. CGN Power is heavily reliant on the Chinese market, which represents around 95% of its total revenues. This exposes the company to significant risks should the Chinese economy experience a slowdown.

2. CGN Power has a high debt-to-equity ratio, which stood at around 80% as of December 2016. This leaves the company vulnerable to interest rate hikes and/or a deterioration in its operating performance.

3. The company has been investing heavily in recent years, which has led to a sharp increase in its debt levels. As of December 2016, CGN Power had around RMB 85 billion (US$12.4 billion) of debt on its balance sheet.

4. CGN Power is majority-owned by the Chinese government-owned China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC). This raises concerns over the company's corporate governance and transparency.


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Increasing competition from foreign power generation companies: CGN Power is facing increasing competition from foreign power generation companies, particularly in the Chinese market, which can put pressure on its profits and market share.

2. Inadequate infrastructure: CGN Power's business operations are reliant on adequate infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and transmission lines, which are often lacking in remote areas or underdeveloped countries. Without adequate infrastructure, CGN Power cannot reach its potential customers, and its operations can be disrupted.

3. Rising fuel costs: Rising fuel costs can significantly impact CGN Power's ability to generate and sell power profitably. In the short term, CGN Power may not be able to pass on the higher costs to its customers, which can significantly reduce its margins.

4. Regulatory uncertainty: CGN Power is subject to a variety of regulations, both in its home market and in other countries where it operates. Changes to these regulations can drastically alter the cost structure of its operations, and therefore its profitability.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for CGN Power. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to CGN Power, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: CGN Power is a leading energy company in China. It is the largest nuclear power producer in the world, with a total installed capacity of 46.6 GW. The company is engaged in the development, construction, operation and management of nuclear power plants, as well as the development of nuclear fuel and related technologies.

Collaborators: CGN Power collaborates with a number of partners in the energy sector, including China National Nuclear Corporation, China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corporation, China Huaneng Group, and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group.

Customers: CGN Power serves a variety of customers, including residential and commercial customers in China, as well as customers in other countries.

Competitors: CGN Power's main competitors include China Huaneng Group, China Guodian Corporation, China Datang Corporation and China Baotou Nuclear Power Corporation.

Content: CGN Power is actively investing in research and development to improve the efficiency of its operations and to develop new technologies. The company is also focused on increasing its production capacity and expanding its footprint in the international energy markets. Additionally, CGN Power is actively engaging in social responsibility initiatives to promote sustainability and environmental protection.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged CGN Power as having an innovation score of B2.


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v1.1: Initial load of report
Date: 1st March 2023

Key Financials added (BETA)
Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 6th June 2023

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