Chinese reactors approach commercial operation

13 March 2015

Two new Chinese nuclear power units - Yangjiang 2 and Ningde 3 - have moved closer to commissioning by being connected to the grid and achieving first criticality, respectively.

Unit 2 of China General Nuclear's (CGN's) Yangjiang nuclear power plant in Guangdong province was connected to the grid on 10 March. The company said the reactor will enter commercial operation once it has successfully completed a test run lasting 168 hours.

Yangjiang 2 is the second of four CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors being built at the site by CGN. Construction of unit 1 started in December 2008, with work on unit 2 beginning in 2009, unit 3 in 2010 and unit 4 in late 2012. The first unit began commercial operation in March last year, with unit 2 expected to start up in mid-2015. Construction of two further units at Yangjiang - both ACPR1000 reactors - began in 2013. All six units are scheduled to be in operation by 2019.

Ningde 3 goes critical

Meanwhile, unit 3 of CGN's Ningde nuclear power plant in Fujian province achieved first criticality on 7 March.

The 1020 MWe CPR-1000 pressurized water reactor is one of four being built at the site. Construction started on units 1 and 2 in 2008 and they are both now producing power. Unit 3 is slated to come online early this year and unit 4 to follow in 2016.

Ningde nuclear power plant is built across three small islands near Fuqing City in the northeast of Fujian province. The plant is co-owned by China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), with a 46% stake, China Datang Corp (44%) and Fujian Energy Group (10%).

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by World Nuclear News