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China, Pakistan agree to uranium cooperation

Uranium and Fuel

31 July 2017

China and Pakistan have agreed to cooperate in uranium exploration and mining. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said it had signed a framework agreement with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission yesterday for technical cooperation in the exploration and development of uranium resources. China signed a similar agreement with Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

Three Chinese reactors approach commissioning

New Nuclear

24 July 2017

Haiyang 2 containment tests - 48Three new nuclear power reactors in China have passed significant pre-operational tests and inspections. Sanmen 1 passed a comprehensive safety check ahead of fuel loading, while a containment integrity test was completed at Haiyang 2. Meanwhile, cold function tests were completed at Yangjiang 5.

First criticality achieved at Fuqing 4

New Nuclear

19 July 2017

Fuqing 4 first criticality - 48Unit 4 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province achieved a sustained chain reaction for the first time on 16 July, China National Nuclear Corporation announced yesterday. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.

China connects fourth unit at Fuqing

New Nuclear

31 July 2017

Fuqing 3 and 4 - 48Unit 4 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has been connected to the grid, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced today. The 1087 MWe CPR-1000 unit becomes the country's 37th operational power reactor.

Ghanaian research reactor now set to run on LEU

Regulation and Safety

20 July 2017

GHARR-1 fuel conversion - 48The conversion of Ghana's research reactor to run on low-enriched uranium (LEU) instead of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) has been completed. It is the first of five such Chinese-supplied reactors outside of China to be converted.

Pakistan's Chashma 4 connected to grid

New Nuclear

03 July 2017

Chashma 4 grid connection - 48Unit 4 at the Chashma nuclear power plant in Pakistan was connected to the grid on 29 June. The Chinese-supplied pressurised water reactor - the country's fifth power reactor - is expected to enter commercial operation by the end of August.