Hua­long One project bol­sters nu­clear sec­tor

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHENG XIN [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

China is stepping up con­struc­tion in the nu­clear sec­tor with all the main equip­ment be­ing in­stalled at the world’s first demon­stra­tion nu­clear power project us­ing Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy in Fu­jian prov­ince, a do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped third-gen­er­a­tion re­ac­tor de­sign.

In­stal­la­tion of the third main re­ac­tor coolant pump at Fuqing unit 5 of China Na­tional Nu­clear Cor­po­ra­tion’s Fuqing nu­clear power plant, China’s first demon­stra­tion nu­clear power project us­ing Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy, took place ear­lier and all the main equip­ment of unit 5 is also in place, ac­cord­ing to CNNC, the State-owned nu­clear power com­pany.

Xing Ji, chief de­signer of Hua­long One, said ear­lier that con­struc­tion of the world’s first demon­stra­tion nu­clear power project us­ing Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy is pro­ceed­ing as ex­pected, and con­struc­tion of unit 5 of the Fuqing nu­clear plant is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2020.

China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp has four nu­clear units un­der con­struc­tion us­ing Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy do­mes­ti­cally and over­seas, in­clud­ing two units at Fuqing, Fu­jian prov­ince, and two units at Pak­istan’s Karachi nu­clear power plant.

The com­pany also re­cently re­leased its do­mes­ti­cally-de­vel­oped high-safety nu­clear power plant dis­trib­uted con­trol sys­tem plat­form, which is also known as the “cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem” of nu­clear power plants that en­sure nu­clear projects’ safety and sta­bil­ity and en­ables China to have a dis­trib­uted con­trol sys­tem with com­pletely in­de­pen­dent in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights.

Some of the key stan­dards for the dis­trib­uted con­trol sys­tem are in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tional level and the plat­form will also help boost China’s nu­clear tech­nol­ogy ex­ports, it said.

An­a­lysts be­lieve this year will be a key one for China’s nu­clear power sec­tor, and decades of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment will make China a world leader in the cat­e­gory.

“There should be no ques­tion that China will sharply in­crease its nu­clear power ca­pac­ity in the next three decades. The only ques­tion is tim­ing,” said Joseph Ja­co­belli, a se­nior an­a­lyst of Asian util­i­ties at Bloomberg In­tel­li­gence.

“The devel­op­ment of the new gen­er­a­tion re­ac­tors is the key. This will take time as ex­ten­sive test­ing needs to be done and also if there are any mi­nor is­sues, the con­struc­tion of the units would be tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended which will lengthen the con­struc­tion process.”

But once a few new gen­er­a­tion re­ac­tors are com­mis­sioned then the pace of devel­op­ment should ac­cel­er­ate and China’s plan to have its nu­clear power ca­pac­ity to reach as much as 150 GW in to­tal by 2030 as part of Bei­jing’s push to boost clean en­ergy con­sump­tion is per­fectly achiev­able, he added.

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