LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The British government on Monday raised potential national security concerns from French state-owned utility EDF's deal to buy General Electric's nuclear turbine business, ordering the companies to meet certain security needs.

EDF's bid to acquire the GE Steam Power business from the U.S. conglomerate was


by Britain's antitrust regulator in May 2023 after an initial probe.

"The Secretary of State considers that a risk to national security will arise because of the critical national security and defence capabilities relating to naval propulsion systems which are delivered through (the GE unit)," the government said.

Issuing a final order on EDF's deal to buy the unit via a subsidiary called GEAST UK, the government asked the companies to meet physical and information security requirements and implement governance arrangements to protect sensitive information.

It said a government-appointed board observer must be placed on the board of GEAST UK to observe meetings, while also asking the companies to maintain capacity and capability in respect of critical Ministry of Defence programmes in Britain.

GE and EDF did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a comment. (Reporting by Muvija M in London and Ananta Agarwal in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Porter and Paul Simao)