Fuqing pi­lot unit com­plete by 2020

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LYUCHANG lvchang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp, one of the coun­try’s three State-owned nu­clear power de­vel­op­ers, said on Wed­nes­day that the pi­lot unit of the planned Fuqing nu­clear power plant will be com­pleted by July 2020.

The con­struc­tion will start on Thurs­day on what will be the fifth unit of the Fuqing project in Fu­jian prov­ince, us­ing the Hua­long One re­ac­tor, the first do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped third-gen­er­a­tion nu­clear re­ac­tor de­sign, of­fi­cials re­vealed in Bei­jing.

The State Coun­cil ap­proved the con­struc­tion of the pi­lot

Many of the pos­si­ble ex­port des­ti­na­tion coun­tries are along the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the 21st Cen­tu­ry­Mar­itime Silk Road. The Fuqing project in Fu­jian prov­ince is at the start­ing point of the Mar­itime Silk Road.

China has em­barked on a mas­sive nu­clear power pro­gram in an ef­fort to re­duce its re­liance on coal.

The coun­try now boasts the largest num­ber of nu­clear re­ac­tors in the world un­der con­struc­tion. This year six to eight nu­clear units will be ap­proved, and eight will go on­line.

Nu­clear power gen­er­a­tion cur­rently ac­counts for 2.39 per­cent of the na­tion’s to­tal power gen­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the China Nu­clear En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

In the fu­ture of­fi­cials hope to lever­age its grow­ing do­mes­tic ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­port not only home-grown nu­clear tech­nol­ogy but also its man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity.

Qian es­ti­mated the ex­port value of ev­ery nu­clear unit of the Hua­long One de­sign at around 30 bil­lion yuan ($4.8 bil­lion), the equiv­a­lent of sell­ing 300,000 au­to­mo­biles.

But that in­creases to 100 bil­lion yuan if fuel sup­ply and tech­ni­cal sup­port are in­cluded.

Xing Ji, chief designer of Hua­long One, said that 85 per­cent of the equip­ment for the re­ac­tors has been de­vel­oped in China, and once into mass pro­duc­tion, about 95 per­cent of the equip­ment used will be sup­plied by Chi­nese firms.

He said that the project will fol­low the very high­est in­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards us­ing fea­tures such as dou­ble­layer safety shells that can with­stand the im­pact of a large com­mer­cial air­plane.

“We have im­proved all the ex­ist­ing emer­gency plans to en­sure safety dur­ing con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion,” he said.

CNNC, to­gether with its largest peer China Gen­eral Nu­clear Corp, are al­ready in a con­sor­tium to in­vest in two nu­clear re­ac­tors us­ing Europe-de­signed EPR tech­nol­ogy at Hink­ley Point C in south­west Eng­land.

The con­sor­tium is also plan­ning to take a con­trol­ling stake in an­other nu­clear project at Brad­well in Es­sex, near Lon­don us­ing Hua­long tech­nol­ogy.

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