China expands its 1st N- power plant with new reactor

Last Updated: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 17:04

Beijing: China has expanded its first nuclear power plant at Qinshan with installation of a new generator
unit, authorities said on Sunday, indicating resumption of work at
new nuclear projects halted for safety review in the wake of
Fukushima atomic disaster in Japan last year.

The pressurised water reactor power-generating unit, with
a capacity of 650,000 kw, takes the total number of generator
units at Qinshan to seven and the total capacity to 4.32
million kw, China National Nuclear Corporation said in a
statement.

The nuclear plant is expected to generate about 34
billion kwh of electricity annually, it said.

The expansion project of the nuclear plant started in
2006, aims to install two units.

The first one, also with a capacity of 650,000 kw, was
put into commercial use in October 2010.

The new units are designed, built and operated by Chinese
companies, said Chen Hua, assistant general manager of CNNC.

Qinshan nuclear power plant, situated not far from
Shanghai, started operation in December 1991.

The operationalisation of the new units formally kicks
off the resumption of work of new nuclear power plants which
was halted after Fukushima nuclear disaster last year.

According to the National Energy Administration, China
has 15 nuclear reactors in operation with 26 more reactors
under construction.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 17:03

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