Work on 6th re­ac­tor to be­gin at Fuqing

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By LYUCHANG lvchang@chi­

Work on the sixth unit at the Fuqing nu­clear power plant in Fu­jian prov­ince is ex­pected to start later this month, of­fi­cials said onWed­nes­day.

The unit, which will use Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy, is ex­pected to be an­other fil­lip for China as it seeks to ex­port its nu­clear tech­nol­ogy to other coun­tries, they said.

Chen­Hua, pres­i­dent of Chi­naNa­tion­alNu­clear Power Co Ltd, the listed-com­pany of China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp, a nu­clear plant op­er­a­tor, said it had al­ready started prepara­tory work on the project.

“Work on the fifth unit is pro­gress­ing well and we are set to start con­struc­tion on the sixth unit soon,” he said.

The sixth unit is one of the two nu­clear re­ac­tors in Fuqing that will use Hua­long One. The Fuqing nu­clear power com­plex con­sists of six nu­clear re­ac­tors al­to­gether. Con­struc­tion work on the fifth unit, the first re­ac­tor to use Hua­long One, started in May this year.

Qian Zhimin, chair­man of CNNC, said that Fuqing nu­clear power plant con­struc­tion will help the com­pany bid for more over­seas projects. It has al­ready closed nu­clear deals in Ar­gentina ear­lier this year.

“Ex­port­ing one nu­clear re­ac­tor will prob­a­bly bring in about 30 bil­lion yuan ($4.68 bil­lion) in value, the equiv­a­lent of ex­port­ing 300,000 cars. The nu­clear in­dus­try will play an im­por­tant role in driv­ing in­no­va­tion and in­dus­trial up­grade,” he said.

About 40 coun­tries along the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive are likely to em­bark on nu­clear projects or are al­ready de­vel­op­ing their nu­clear in­dus­try, and even 20 per­cent of those projects could be a huge mar­ket for China, Qian said.

The gov­ern­ment


the green light to two nu­clear re­ac­tors of Hua­long One last year, and plans to build more nu­clear power plants dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (201620). The coun­try is ac­cel­er­at­ing con­struc­tion of nu­clear projects with six to eight new re­ac­tors go­ing on stream ev­ery year.

China is ex­pected to have 30 nu­clear re­ac­tors in op­er­a­tion by the end of this year, with plans to pro­mote in­land nu­clear power projects in the next five years.

Liu Bao­hua, head of the nu­clear power depart­ment of China’s Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said there are cur­rently 27 units in op­er­a­tion, but that num­ber will rise as an­other three units are un­der­go­ing test­ing and are likely to be com­mis­sioned by the end of the year.

The nu­clear in­dus­try will play an im­por­tant role in driv­ing in­no­va­tion and in­dus­trial up­grade.”

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