Nu­clear power plant boosts Shan­dong’s eco­nomic fu­ture

Shanghai Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

THE first phase of a nu­clear power plant in east­ern China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince has started full com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion.

The No.2 re­ac­tor unit of the Haiyang Nu­clear Sta­tion in the city of Haiyang fin­ished seven days of con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tion at 4:30pm on Wednesday, mark­ing the start of com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion, Shan­dong Nu­clear Power an­nounced yes­ter­day.

With this new ad­di­tion, there are a to­tal of 46 nu­clear re­ac­tor units in op­er­a­tion in the Chi­nese main­land, with a to­tal in­stalled power gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 45 gi­gawatts.

The Haiyang Nu­clear Sta­tion, with a to­tal in­vest­ment of 80 bil­lion yuan (US$11.7 bil­lion), is de­signed to have six re­ac­tor units.

Its first stage in­cludes two AP1000 re­ac­tor units with the power ca­pac­ity of 1.25 GW each, with the No.1 unit be­ing put into com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion in late Oc­to­ber last year.

The first phase can gen­er­ate 20 bil­lion kilo­watt hour of elec­tric­ity a year, meet­ing the elec­tric­ity de­mand of one-third of the house­holds in Shan­dong, a pop­u­lous Chi­nese prov­ince, and boost­ing eco­nomic prospects, ac­cord­ing to Shan­dong Nu­clear Power.

An­other two re­ac­tor units in the sec­ond phase are sub­ject to ap­proval by the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, the coun­try’s top plan­ning agency.

(Xinhua)

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