Grid connection for second Ling Ao II unit

09 May 2011

The second unit at China's Ling Ao II nuclear power plant has been connected to the grid, China Gaungdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) has announced.

Control room at Ling Ao II-2 (Image: CGNPC)
Operators in Ling Ao II unit 2's control room (Image: CGNPC)


The 1080 MWe Chinese-designed CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor (PWR) was synchronised with the grid on 3 May. It is now undergoing final tests prior to commercial operation which is scheduled to begin on 15 June, exactly five years after construction formally began. The reactor is the second CPR-1000 to start up, following its sister plant Ling Ao II unit 1, which entered commercial operation in September 2010.
The CPR-1000 design is developed from the 900 MWe French-designed PWRs which have been in operation at nearby Daya Bay since 1994. The design, along with Westinghouse's AP1000, is a mainstay of China's planned near-term nuclear capacity expansion, with 17 CPR-1000s already under construction. Work is planned to begin on at least five more during 2011.
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by World Nuclear News