A COMMUNIST Party cell has been set up at Daya Bay to motivate staff. The establishment of the cell was agreed between the patriarch Deng Xiaoping and the former director of China Light and Power Company, Lord Kadoorie, it was revealed yesterday. The French-designed nuclear plant is a joint venture between the mainland and China Light. ''The cell will encourage staff who are party members to put their greatest effort into their work,'' said Guo Lituan, vice-secretary of League committee of Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture. Mr Guo said the cell, which comprised eight people, would examine the best ways to maintain staff morale. ''We will look at the issue by studying their psychology and behaviour,'' he said. The establishment of the cell indicated the importance the Government attaches to the nuclear plant. Mr Guo said preparation on setting up of the cell had started several years ago, making the plant the first joint-venture project to have such an organisation. It is thought part of the work of the cell will be to encourage staff to adhere to the working principle of ''Safety First, Quality First'' which was emphasised by Premier Li Peng and the Guangdong Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company general manager Zan Yunlong. The second generator at the plant is expected to start before June, enabling the plant to produce electricity at its full capacity of 1,800 megawatts. Mr Zan said Unit 2 had completed nuclear fuel loading and initial tests. The station has been a pet project of Mr Li. He laid the foundation stone in 1987 and has regularly visited the site since. But construction has been plagued by problems. Work was halted for a month in 1987 after it was discovered that more than half the 576 support rods were missing from the foundations because plans had been misunderstood.