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Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 05/07 - 05/11

China (Shanghai) Experimental Free Trade Integrated Development Platform Established

On the afternoon of May 9th, China’s first integrated central-local development platform – the China (Shanghai) Experimental Free Trade Zone’s integrated central-local development platform establishing ceremony was held at Shanghai Expo Central SOE headquarters base. The platform is jointly prepared by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization and Pudong New Area Government and the future CNNC Shanghai headquarters will also locate in this area.


Taihai Manoir Nuclear Equipment Co. Ltd Reached Deal with Taihai Group to Purchase 100% of the Shares of Manoir Industries

Taihai Manoir Nuclear Equipment Co. Ltd announced on the evening of May 6th that it has signed a framework agreement with Yantai Taihai Group to purchase 100% of the shares of Manoir Industries. Taihai Manoir was formed in 2013 when Yantai Taihai Group acquired the nuclear, petrochemical and specialty business units of Manoir Industries. Both parties will make the final share trade plan upon further detailed communication on due diligence, auditing, evaluation, and discussion with regulating authorities.


“HPR1000 Reactor By-pass System Configuration Study” Evaluation Conference Held in Xi’an  

On April 27th, the evaluation conference of the “HPR1000 Reactor By-pass System Configuration Study” was held in Xi’an. The project was conducted by China Energy Engineering Corporation’s China Power Engineering Consulting Group (CPECC). Experts and representatives from the CPECC headquarter as well as the Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI), EPECC’s six major subsidiary institutes and other organizations attended the conference. The study project analyzed the function of the bypass system and designed a configuration plan for it, including the allocation and layout of bypass valves and a design plan for the desuperheating water system, etc. The expert panel decided that the study project met its proposed requirements and is of direct significance to the subsequent work on the HPR1000 reactor type’s by-pass system. The project passed the evaluations.


Design and Testing Plan of the Test Platform for Equipment Usability in CAP1400 Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Environment Passed Examination

The design and testing plan of the test platform for equipment usability in CAP1400 severe accident hydrogen explosion environment, a CAP1400 Key National Project’s subsector project, recently passed its expert examination. Zhongchuan Heavy Industry’s No. 718 Institute developed the plan, which passed the evaluation. The evaluating panel consists of experts from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment’s Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center, the State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), the State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and SNERDI. 


Tianwan Unit 4 Finished Hot Testing, Preparing for Fuel-loading

At 23:15, May 7th, Tianwan Unit 4’s primary coolant system cycled down to 70 degrees Celsius, coming down from hot testing. It signifies that Tianwan Unit 4’s 42-day hot testing was successfully completed and is now in the phase of pre-fuel loading preparation. Tianwan Unit 4 is a VVER-1000 design that began pouring concrete in September 2013. Its sister unit at Tianwan 3 was connected to the grid in March, 2018.


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 04/30 - 05/04

Tianwan Unit 6’s Containment Dome Attached 26 Days Ahead of Schedule

On the afternoon of May 5th, Tianwan Unit 6’s containment dome was attached to the reactor building, 26 days ahead of schedule. It has taken field workers just 20 months since FCD. Next, key equipment inside the nuclear island will be installed. The reactor model at Tianwan 6 is a Gen II plus Chinese-designed CPR1000.


China Energy Research Society’s Nuclear Specialized Committee Formed in Suzhou

On May 4th, an establishment conference for the newly formed Nuclear Specialized Committee of the China Energy Research Society (CERS) was held in Suzhou, which was also the opening ceremony of the Future of Nuclear Power Development forum. Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute’s (SNPI) secretariat will be the primary supporting organization of the committee, which is aimed at becoming the most influential academic organization in China nuclear policy and technology research.


Karachi Unit 2’s Reactor Internals Shipped from Shanghai

On May 2nd, the reactor internals for Karachi Unit 2 (K2), China’s first HPR1000 export to Pakistan, were shipped from Shanghai Electric’s No.1 Machine Tools Plant. It was the second batch of HPR1000 reactor internals delivered from Shanghai Electric since April 10th, when those of Fuqing Unit 5 were shipped.


Steam Generator of Hongyanhe Unit 5 Successfully Installed

Hongyanhe Unit 5’s steam generator was shipped to site on April 23rd and was successfully installed last week. The steam generator has a length of 21 meters and a diameter of 4.4 meters. It weighs 336 tons. 



Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 04/23 - 04/29

Sanmen Unit 1 Finished Its First Fuel-loading

On April 25th, the long-lasting uncertainty around the AP1000 at Sanmen was brought to an end: the NNSA decided that Sanmen Unit 1 is qualified in all aspects of design, equipment, construction and installation, commissioning, pre-operation preparation and can proceed to fuel-loading. Mr. Liu Hua, Director of the NNSA and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (formerly the MEP), issued approval for Sanmen Nuclear Power Company to begin loading first fuel for Sanmen Unit 1. At 7:46 p.m., the first fuel bundle was carefully loaded, and on the afternoon of April 29th, the last of the 157 fuel bundles were placed in the reactor core and Sanmen Unit 1’s first fuel-loading was completed successfully.

 The milestone represents one of the key finals steps towards grid connection for the world’s first AP1000 unit, and by extension one of China’s final hurdles to releasing its next wave of pre-approved Gen III projects, opening the path for a period rapid growth in China nuclear.

 *Read Nicobar analysis for more detailed information


Yangjiang Unit 5 Received Approval for Fuel-loading

On April 17th, 2018, Yangjiang Unit 5 received its approval for the first fuel-load from the NNSA. Yangjiang Unit 5 poured its first concrete on September 18th, 2013. Its reactor design is ACPR1000+, CGN’s Gen II plus technology. Yangjiang Units 1-4 started commercial operation on March 25th, 2014; June 5th, 2015; January 1st, 2016; and March 15th, 2017 respectively.

Fangchenggang Unit 5’s All 6 Safety Injection Tanks Shipped to Site  

On April 18th, the last of Fangchenggang Unit 5’s 6 safety injection tanks was shipped from Dongfang Industrial Boiler Group. The safety injection tank is an important part of the Safety Injection System. The tank contains boric acid maintained in reserve during normal operation, with its upper part filled with pressurized nitrogen. When the pressure in the primary coolant system drops below that of the safety injection tanks, boric acid will be automatically released into the system, driven by the pressure differential with the pressurized nitrogen, in order to arrest the nuclear reaction and assist in cooling the reactor core.

Hongyanhe Unit 5’s Steam Generator Shipped to Site

On April 23rd, Hongyanhe Unit 5’s first steam generator was shipped to site from China First Heavy Industries (DFHI) Dalian Nuclear Power Petrochemical Company in Dalian. The steam generator has a height of almost 21 meters and a weight of more than 300 tons. It arrived the NPP the same day. Hongyanhe Unit 5 has two more steam generators which will also be manufactured by DFHI. As most of the nuclear island’s key equipment is now delivered on site, Unit 5 is entering the apex of its installation period.


Progress of Karachi Unit 3: Ring Crane Mounted and Rotor Manufactured

On the morning of April 25th, local time, Karachi Unit 3, China’s HPR1000 export to Pakistan, had its ring crane girder and rail mounted. Meanwhile, its welded rotor, the largest nuclear power welded rotor in the world, has been recently finished processing at Shanghai Electric Lingang Heavy Machinery Company. The rotor will be shipped from Shanghai to Pakistan soon.

Sanmen Unit 1 Fuel-loading a Key Win for SNPTC and WEC, but Future for AP1000 Still Unclear

Two days ago, on April 25th, the long-lasting uncertainty surrounding China’s first AP1000 at the Sanmen NPP site was brought to an end: the NNSA ultimately decided that Sanmen Unit 1 is qualified in all aspects of design, equipment, construction and installation, commissioning, pre-operation preparation and can proceed to fuel-loading. Mr. Liu Hua, Director of the NNSA and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (former MEP), issued Sanmen Nuclear Power Company an approval for Sanmen Unit 1 to load its first fuel. At 7:46 p.m., the first fuel bundle was carefully loaded in the reactor core, one of the key finals steps to grid connection for the world’s first AP1000 unit. The milestone also indicates that China’s last obstacle to completing its pre-approved Gen III projects has been overcome, potentially opening the path for a period of rapid growth in China nuclear. By Nicobar’s estimates, there are at least 10 reactor units awaiting FCD currently bottle-necked behind the first AP1000, and many more to follow. Still unclear, however, is the durability of the role the AP1000 will be playing in the years to come.

The good news for Sanmen came directly on the heels of the announcement that the EPR at Taishan Unit 1 had received the approval from the NNSA to start fuel-loading and became the first Gen III unit in China to load its fuel back on April 10. Despite being the fastest constructed EPR unit around the world (it gained recognition as the World’s First EPR Unit in January 2018 during French President Macron’s state visit to China), many nuclear industry personnel had begun to associate the China EPR with the same kind of unending construction cycle affecting the Finnish and French deployments. By contrast, the world’s first AP1000 at Sanmen had always been the focus of attention and had generally been regarded by many to have the best chance to become the first operating Gen III unit in China. It was certainly a point of surprise in the industry that the trouble-plagued French design ended up receiving approval for fuel loading before Sanmen.  

Westinghouse and its Chinese partners had claimed that Sanmen Unit 1 has been technologically ready for fuel-loading since late 2017. In spite of those assertions, Sanmen Unit 1 had entered 2018 (its tenth year of construction) without its fuel-load approval (five years behind its original schedule). Initiating this key pre-cursor step to grid connection had been postponed these last six months by a new round of regulator inquiries concerning the reactor coolant pump (RCP). At the end of 2017, some Chinese industry insiders believed that further evaluation, specifically a tear-down examination, was necessary for the uniquely-designed RCP. Other commentators bluntly challenged the the decision-making of the Chinese nuclear regulatory authorities, arguing that a hasty fuel-loading approval would constitute a serious dereliction of duty. These concerns likely affected the NNSA’s decision to assume a cautious posture and prompted the further rounds of safety testing that have apparently finally concluded successfully.

The repeated delay of Sanmen Unit 1 undoubtedly also impacted the development and national strategy of the Chinese nuclear power industry. Policy makers had placed high hopes on the AP1000 and a series of future Gen III units derived from the reactor design had been planned for years. As construction became increasingly bogged down over the last decade, Chinese industry planners shifted their focus to other technology types, especially the self-developed HPR1000/Hualong One. For instance, it was officially announced last month that the merged design of the HPR1000 will be built at CNNC’s Zhangzhou project and CGN’s Taipingling/Huizhou project, replacing the originally planned AP1000s at these sites.  Other AP1000 projects have been cancelled outright with no replacement technology stated yet.

As China is determined to increase the share of nuclear power in its energy mix and has a stated objective of taking the lead in international nuclear power market, the slowdown in recent years will need to be made up somehow. The China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) released its publication Blue Book of Nuclear Energy – the Report on the development of China’s Nuclear Energy (2018) and the Report on China Gen III Nuclear Power Development Strategic Value Research on April 23rd of this year, emphasizing that nuclear power is currently underdeveloped and China now should have strong advantages in Gen III technology. Additionally, previous estimates and objectives have been revised to account for the slowdown in the deployment schedule According to the reports, as China is finally able to enter the scale deployment phase of its planned Gen III units and a new strategic development plan should be plotted towards 2035. In the very near future, China should witness 6-8 FCDs of Gen III units (this matches Nicobar estimates) and by 2030, nuclear power should reach 10% in the energy mix as opposed to the current 3.94%. By Nicobar estimates, this will require a 6-8 FCD per year deployment schedule over the next few years.

For advocates of Chinese nuclear power development, the current situation presents a logistic challenge to meeting these goals. Even with the fuel load for Sanmen Unit 1 starting now, the earliest that unit can be connected to the grid will be Q3-4 2018, as confirmed by a CNNC spokesperson in March 2018. Furthermore, the HPR1000 demonstration projects in Fuqing and Fangchenggang will not begin commercial operation until 2020 or 2021, at the earliest. Thus, if China sticks to its demonstration plant deployment model, it will only be possible to begin building more AP1000s in 2019, and more HPR1000s in 2021, which will likely make the 6-8 FCD/year target very difficult to meet, with the 2030 target nigh-impossible. This logistical problem has not gone unnoticed within the industry. Last month, during the 15th Nuclear Industry China exhibition in Beijing, Mr. Zhao Chengkun, Deputy Director of the CNEA and former Director of the NNSA, called for more aggressive deployments. Mr. Zhao argued that the merged HPR1000 design is now ready for immediate new FCDs due to its safety features and advantages versus other international Gen III technologies. He pointed out that stimulating the developing of plants would have positive effects for manufacturers whose equipment currently lies idle, and that aggressive nuclear power growth would also serve to prevent ‘brain drain’ in the industry. In essence, his position is that it is unnecessary and disadvantageous to wait for the 2021 grid connection of the demonstration HPR1000 projects in Fuqing & Fangchenggang. Obviously following this line of thinking cannot mean good things for the AP1000.

Whether the good news for Sanmen Unit 1 means the AP1000 design has secured its lifeline for at least a few more years of deployments, or whether the advocates for immediately deploying more HPR1000s will get their way remains to be seen. The Chinese regulator has walked a fine line in the past to balance the needs of an aggressive national development blueprint and a conservative proof-of-concept deployment model. Conservatism clearly won out when it came to approval for Sanmen’s fuel load. If this conservative posture continues going forward, then the AP1000 is likely to enjoy several more years of domestic deployments. If the more aggressive model advocated by Mr. Zhao gains favor, however, the future of the AP1000 for China deployments could still be in serious trouble, in spite of the good news this week from Sanmen.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 04/16 - 04/20

The CAP1400 Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM) Development Program, a Nuclear Power Key National Project, Passed Acceptance Inspection

From April 9th to 10th The NEA Nuclear Power Department held an expert acceptance review of the CAP1400 CRDM development program’s work progress and financial accounting. The CRDM development project is a sub-program of the Large Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor and HTGR Key National Project. Shanghai Electric’s No.1 Machine Tools Plant led the program and Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute undertook one of the primary subtasks of the program. The conference expert panel verified the CRDM prototype and relevant materials and concluded that the program passed the acceptance inspection.


CNNC Held Seminar with NPPD in Beijing, Completed the Contract on Iran’s Arak Heavy-water Reactor Renovation

On April 11th, a conference titled “Strengthening Sino-Iranian Civil Nuclear Cooperation, Advance Implementation of the JCPOA” was held in Beijing. The Arak heavy-water reactor renovation was a major focus of the event and is a key part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, a.k.a. the Iran nuclear deal). CNNC discussed the modification plan it developed and announced that all the auxiliary consulting services had been provided and completed according to the contract. In April 2017, the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC), and Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran (NPPD) initialed their first commercial contract to redesign the Arak heavy-water reactor in Beijing,


Taipingling/Huizhou NPP Announced Bid Winners of the Civil Construction Projects of Its Nuclear Islands

China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Company and China Nuclear Industry 24th Construction Company won the bid for Taipingling/Huizhou NPP’s Unit 1&2 NI civil construction projects. Their respective bidding prices were CNY 2.37 billion and CNY 2.58billion.


The Standardization Implementation Program for the HPR1000 National S&T Major Project Initiated

On the afternoon of April 13th, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), and the NNSA jointly released the “HPR1000 National S&T Major Project Standardization Implementation Program” in Beijing, with the goal of building a comprehensive system of standards covering the full life-cycle of the HPR1000 reactor design. The plan intends to apply these standards across all the HRP1000 units built in and outside China over the next 4 years.


First Auxiliary Feedwater Pump for Karachi Unit 2, China’s First HPR1000 Export, Completed Pre-shipping Testing

On April 18th, the first auxiliary feedwater pneumatic pump for Karachi Unit 2, China’s first HPR1000 export to Pakistan, completed the pre-shipping testing. The testing was conducted under the oversight of Karachi NPP and Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) representatives. The auxiliary feedwater pneumatic pump was developed by Shanghai Apollo Machinery Company. It is the first 100% self-designed, manufactured, and qualified safety-class pump product in China.


The First Conventional Island (CI) Turbine Low-pressure Rotors for Fuqing Unit 5 Successfully Developed & Shipped to Site

On the morning of April 18th, the “heart” of Fuqing Unit 5’s CI turbine, two low-pressure rotors weighing 280 tons respectively, were shipped from Dongfang Turbine Company’s plant in Deyang city, Sichuan Province. The shipment of the rotors signifies that the development of HPR1000’s first CI turbine’s primary modules is now complete, and Dongfang Turbine Company now possesses full capabilities of independently developing CI turbines for HPR1000s. 


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 04/09 - 04/13

Taishan Unit 1 Started Fuel-loading

On the afternoon of April 10th, Liu Hua, Director of the NNSA and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (former MEP), issued Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company an approval for Taishan Unit 1 to load fuel for the first time. The MEE’s South China Station of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Inspection verified that Taishan Unit 1 was qualified to begin fuel-loading. Field engineers on-site began to load the first fuel assembly at 20:18 that evening. Taishan Unit 1 was recognized as the World’s First EPR Unit in January 2018 when French President Macron paid a state visit to China and it is now the first Gen III unit in China to start fuel-loading, overtaking the AP1000 at Sanmen.


Changjiang NPP Advancing the Phase II Extension Project’s Preparation Work

On March 28th, the General Manager of Hainan Nuclear Power Company, Xu Jun, told a journalist that preparation work for Changjiang NPP’s Phase II extension project is advancing smoothly and the project will build two HPR1000 units. Changjiang NPP is located in western Hainan Province and is planned to build 4 units in total. Units 1&2 of the Phase I project had their FCDs on April 25th, 2010 and November 21st, 2010 and were connected to the grid on August 12th, 2016.


Fuqing Unit 5’s Reactor Internals Shipped

On April 12th, the reactor internals of Fuqing Unit 5 were shipped from Shanghai Electric’s No.1 Machine Tools Plant. The reactor internals were designed by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC). The system supports fuel bundles while absorbing neutrons and gamma rays emitted from the core, protecting the external materials from radiation and prolonging the lifespan of the reactor.


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 03/31 - 04/06

NEA Director Nur Bekri: Promote Nuclear Power Development Safely and Steadily; Solve the Issue of Clean Energy Being Under-dispatched

Mr. Nur Bekri, Director of the National Energy Administration (NEA) and Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was recently interviewed by the People’s Daily publication regarding the direction and focus of Chinese energy development strategy in the wake of the 19th CCP National Congress. On the topic of nuclear power development, Bekri said that China will promote nuclear power development safely and steadily and make great efforts to solve the issue of clean energy being under-dispatched.


Based on public available information, in the past decade, the growth rate of national power demand slowed down each year yet newly installed capacity increased constantly at the rate of over 8% annually. As a result, capacity factors of NPPs nationwide have degraded over the past several years. In 2015 and 2016, average utilization rates of NPPs were 83.3% and 79.55%.



Zhangzhou and Taipingling (Huizhou) Projects Ready for FCD on Merged HPR1000 Design

Hualong Pressurized Water Reactor Technology Corporation announced during the 15th China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition that the first-ever merged design of HPR1000 will be built at CNNC’s Zhangzhou NPP project and CGN’s Huizhou/Taipingling project. CNNC and CGN representatives said that both Zhangzhou and Huizhou/Taipingling are on schedule for FCDs in 2018 and are waiting for FCD license approval from Chinese government.


Hualong pressurized water reactor technology is China’s self-developed Gen III nuclear technology, created through a fusion of CNNC’s ACP1000 design and CGN’s ACPR1000+ design. Among the current HPR1000 demonstration projects under construction, Fuqing Units 5&6 are derived from the CGN design while CNNC’s HRP1000 at Fangchenggang Units 3&4 are developed from the ACP1000 technology. Under the NEA’s guidance, the technology integration plan was initiated in 2013. In 2015, the first round of integration was completed and the demonstration projects at Fuqing and Fangchenggang were approved to start construction. The second round completed in July 2017 and passed NEA evaluation. The merged HPR1000 design is now ready for immediate new build deployments according to Mr. Zhao Chengkun, Deputy Director of CNEA and former Director of NNSA. Mr. Zhao has argued that the HRP1000 design is very safe and has many advantages compared to other international Gen III technologies. Thus, he has mad vocal appeals for immediate FCDs of subsequent HPR1000 projects, saying that it’s unnecessary to wait until the completion and grid connection of the demonstration projects (in Fuqing & Fangchenggang)


China has not issued any approval for NPP new builds since late 2016.


Major Crane at Fuqing Unit 5’s CIs Completed Load Tests

The 350/60-ton bridge cranes at Fuqing Unit 5’s conventional islands (CIs) completed load tests recently. All CI cranes are available for usage at this point. Completion of load tests paved the way for subsequent installation work. The major crane is the most important hoisting equipment at CIs. It has two bridge cranes and will lift all CIs’ important equipment during the phases of construction, installation, and maintenance.


Progress on Development & Manufacturing of Various NPP Components  

Shanghai Electric successfully completed manufacturing of the reactor internals for Fuqing Unit 5, as well as the steam turbine welded rotors for export to the Karachi HPR1000 project; Ningxia Gongxiang Steel Forging Company and Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Metal Research made technological breakthroughs on development of high pressure cylinder’s castings for Karachi Unit 3; Jiamusi Electric Machine Company of Harbin Electric manufactured China’s first auxiliary generators for residual heat removal pumps.  


Timetable for Travelling Wave Reactor (TWR) Development Revealed

CNNC revealed its roadmap for the development of the travelling wave reactor (TWR) during the 15th China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition. According to CNNC, a 300MV demonstration unit will be built around mid-2020s; meanwhile, manufacturing and supply chain of the metallic fuel assemblies will be localized. By 2030, a 600 MW commercial scale unit will be developed and constructed; and by mid-2030s, CNNC will target completion of a scaled-up 1200 MW design for construction.  

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 03/26 - 03/30

Gansu Province Will Build the Experiment Platform for a Thorium Molten Salt Reactor Nuclear Energy System (TMSR) in Wuwei City

The Department of Urban and Rural Housing Construction in Gansu Province released Notice on Site-Selection Plan of the TMSR Experiment Platform Program and Notice on Site-Selection Plan of Affiliated Programs of the TMSR Experiment Platform Program on March 27th. The notices are for public opinion collection and will expire on April 2nd. Should they receive no objections, the experiment platform and its affiliated programs will be built in the industry park in Minqin County of Wuwei city of Gansu Province. According to publicly available information, Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics as the program owner has filed the site-selection application to the Gansu Provincial Government. TMSR is one of the six Gen IV designs featuring higher inherent safety, less spent fuel, lower proliferation risks, and more economic operations. Gansu Province has abundant mineral resources that the TMSR can use, fitting into Gansu’s current strategy to develop the unconventional energy industry.


Tianwan Unit 4 has Started Hot Testing on March 27th

Tianwan Unit 4 began hot testing on March 27th. This lays the foundation for the subsequent major milestones of fuel-loading and eventual realization of commercial operation in 2018.


The 15th Nuclear Industry China (NIC) Opened on March 28th in Beijing

On the morning of March 28th, the 15th China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition opened at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. The topic of this year’s NIC was: “Innovation & Cooperation: Nuclear Energy Powering Beautiful Life.”   


NPIC has Won the Bid for Xiapu 600MW Fast Reactor Demonstration Project’s Electric Heater

Dongfang Electric (Guangzhou) sent the bid-winning notice to the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) on March 26th. NPIC won the bid to supply electric heaters to Xiapu’s 600 MW fast reactor demonstration project. The 175 electric heaters are used in the primary and secondary coolant systems and are estimated to be delivered in early 2019.


Lanzhou University of Technology has Developed China’s First 600 Bismuth Alloy Canned Motor Pump

China’s first 600  ℃ high-temperature liquid lead-bismuth alloy canned motor pump has been successfully developed. It was designed by Dr. Cheng Xiaorui of Lanzhou University of Technology and manufactured by Dalian Sifang Electric Pump Company. It has now been delivered to the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Modern Physics and is under test operations. It represents another technology breakthrough in China.


Fuqing Unit 5’s RCP has Finished Its Full-flow Test

Fuqing Unit 5’s RCP has finished its full-flow test, signaling that the development of the RCP for HPR1000 is a success. The full-flow test is an examination at the primary coolant system test stand, mimicking normal operational and extreme working conditions, to test the pump’s integrity and durability. It will be shipped to the site after being disassembled, cleaned, and packed.


The CNNC-made Vacuum Leak Detection Equipment for the ITER Project has Passed Acceptance Assessment

The world’s first vacuum lead detection equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project passed acceptance evaluation recently. It was made by CNNC’s Southeastern Institute of Physics. The world’s first thermal helium leak detection test was also conducted with the equipment during the assessment. Test results show that the performance was fully qualified, which sets an important baseline for the establishment of thermal helium test standards for the tokamak device in the future.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 03/19 - 03/23

Hongyanhe Unit 5 RPV Delivered to Site

On March 22nd, Hongyanhe Unit 5’s reactor pressure vessel (RPV) became the first primary equipment delivered to the construction site. This marks the beginning of the peak NI equipment installation period for Hongyanhe phase II. The RPV is one of the most important components within the NI. Occupying the center of the containment building, the RPV has a height of 13 meters, a diameter of 4 meters, and weighs more than 300 tons. It houses many critical subcomponents needed to sustain and control nuclear fission, such as the reactor core, reactor internals, and control rods. Upon beginning operation, the RPV will withstand a pressure of 155 times earth’s atmosphere and very high temperatures – over 300 ℃.


Fuqing Unit 6’s Containment Dome Attached 10 Days Ahead of Schedule

On March 21st, ten days ahead of schedule, the containment dome for Fuqing Unit 6 (the second HPR1000 in China) was attached. The hoisting of the dome began at 6:30am using a 3200-ton crane. With a diameter of 46.8 meters, it weighs about 342 tons and also contains spray piping and a ventilation system attached inside. The dome is critical to the integrity and seal of the containment building.


CNECC Subsidiary Establishes JV in the UK

China Nuclear Industry Huaxing Construction Company, a major subsidiary of China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Group Corporation (CNECC), has established a joint venture – H&E Engineering Limited – with French partner Efinor. This is a solid achievement for the China nuclear industry’s  “going out” Initiative, which aims to grow industry exports. Huaxing and Efinor each hold 50% of H&E’s stocks. The new JV will focus on British nuclear market. On October 23rd, 2017, the two partners won the bid for Hinkley Point C’s HXA storage tanks and will closely follow HPC’s other tenders as well.


Fuqing Unit 1 Receives Top Operating Unit Score From WANO

Fuqing Unit 1’s 2017 performance received a score of “100”, the highest possible score, during a comprehensive evaluation from WANO. In 2017 CNNC had six operating units score 100, including, Tianwan Unit 2.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 03/12 - 03/16

CNNC: We’ve been Thinking about Building a Regional Headquarter in Shanghai

“We’ve been thinking about building a regional headquarter in Shanghai,” CNNC President, Wang Shoujun, told journalists in a press conference during the “two sessions.” “Shanghai is the birthplace of Chinese nuclear power. The Shanghai municipality has made enormous contributions to the Qinshan NPP. Over the years, CNNC has been working closely with Shanghai Electric. In fact, CNNC’s development is not constrained to one place. Our headquarters and some R&D institutes are located in Beijing. Next, we are looking at Shanghai as an important place of support to develop and enhance the Chinese civil nuclear industry,” said Wang.


Qinshan and Sanmen Win Zhejiang Province’s Direct Power Sales Bid

The Development and Reform Commission of Zhejiang Province has recently released the “Notice about the Bidding Results of 2018 Direct Power Sales Pilot Platform.” According to the notice, Qinshan NPP and Sanmen NPP, two power generation enterprises with priority dispatch rights, both won direct power sales bids in Zhejiang Province. Qinshan won 10.475 billion KwH while Sanmen (still under construction) won 766 million KwH.


Fuqing Unit 5 Progress: Primary Pumps Reactor Internals Pass Acceptance Inspection; RCP Started Full Flow Test

On March 10th, Harbin Electric started to conduct a full flow test for Fuqing Unit 5’s RCP. The pump will be shipped to the site after the test.


On March 15th, the reactor internals of Fuqing Unit 5, the world’s first HPR1000, passed the acceptance inspection. The reactor internals were designed by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and manufactured by Shanghai Electric’s Shanghai No.1 Machine Tools Plant. Reactor internals include the primary equipment for all items inside a nuclear reactor. The system supports fuel bundles while absorbing neutrons and gamma ray emitted from the core, protecting the external materials from radiation, prolonging the lifespan of a reactor.


Fuqing Unit 6: Installation of Ring Crane’s Main Beam Started; Dome Will be Attached in Late March

On March 9th, the electric primary beam of the ring crane used at Fuqing Unit 6 was hoisted into place, paving the way for subsequent installation work. The ring crane is an important hoisting equipment used for installation, examination, and maintenance of devices.


CNPE GM Liu Wei said on March 13th that Fuqing Unit 6 is progressing smoothly. The current plan is to attach the containment dome after March 20th – sometime between 21st and 23rd, depending on the weather. Once the dome is topped off, Fuqing Unit 6 will enter the peak phase of installation.


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 03/05 - 03/09

NEA: 6-8 FCDs Planned This Year

The National Energy Administration released the 2018 Energy Work Guidance on March 7th, stating that it will continue to work on the issue of regional nuclear power curtailment. The guidance also indicates that efforts will be made to boost and support the progress of NPPs under construction. Sanmen Unit 1, Haiyang Unit 1, Taishan Unit 1, Tianwan Unit 3*, and Yangjiang Unit 5 are planned to be completed this year, which will add 6 MKW of new installed capacity. Approved NPP projects will also receive support and promotion, including 6-8 FCDs that are planned to go through this year.

Nicobar Notes: Tianwan Unit 3 has been connected to the grid since last December and began commercial operation in February 2018.


CNNC President Wang Shoujun: Appeal the NEA to Permit More New Builds

March 7th was the fifth day of the “two sessions,” the annual meetings of the national legislature and the top political advisory body. CNNC President Wang Shoujun told a journalist that “the Going Out of Hualong One is (only) truly realized in Pakistan. We exported three Hualong One units to Pakistan and two of them are under construction. We are having promising conversations with Argentina and Jordan and some other countries. We are being optimistic and hoping that we will sign contracts with these two countries this year... I appeal to the NEA to issue permits to new NPP projects.”


CNNC Increases Budget for Fuqing Unit 3 & 4

The original preliminary design budget for Fuqing Unit 3 & 4 was CNY 22.792 billion. Due to the post-Fukushima upgrades in safety standards, as well as the delay of equipment supply, the original allotted budget is proving to be inadequate to cover funds. The Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI) was entrusted to evaluate the proposed changes to the original budget. The budget has been increased to CNY 24.31 billion.


Dongfang Electric Received Hinkley Point C’s Equipment Purchase Order

On March 1st, 2018, Dongfang Electric received equipment purchase orders for Hinkley Point C from Framatome and GE. Under those contracts, Dongfang Electric will provide steam generator supports, pressurizer supports, RCP supports, and the steam turbine generator’s LP outer casing. It marks a breakthrough for Dongfang Electric’s vision of Going Out; it is now fully capable of exporting equipment to high-end markets in developed countries.


Ling Long One, the CNNC Design of the SMR Demonstration Project, Passed Preliminary Design Inspection

CNNC announced that the Changjiang Small Modular Reactor (SMR) demonstration project that uses the self-developed Ling Long One (ACP100) reactor design has recently passed the preliminary design inspection. This signifies that CNNC has a firm grasp on Gen III small reactor design with complete proprietary intellectual property rights, which lays the foundation for future engineering application of SMRs.


China is Conducting Space Nuclear Power Studies

Liu Zhirang, Dean of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology, introduced during the “two sessions” that the Academy is working with other Chinese design and research institutes to conduct studies on space nuclear power projects and relevant key technologies, such as nuclear heating and nuclear power. These projects are intended to expand the scope of technologies used in future space missions.


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 02/25 - 03/04

CNNC Annual Performance Meeting: More Emphasis on Marine Nuclear Projects, Sanmen Unit 1 Grid Connection Pushed to Fall 2018

At a recently-held CNNC annual performance meeting, which also introduced targets for 2018, CNNC stated that its marine nuclear projects will receive more future support. Marine development is currently a part of national strategy planning, and China now has a firm grasp on marine nuclear technology. CNNC will start work on two related items: 1) a proposal to build nuclear powered icebreaker ships for arctic exploration purposes, and 2) a separate proposal to bolster nuclear power-based applications in coastal and island locations, such as those used for heating, gas, and water. In response to Sanmen Unit 1’s progress, CNNC said that the Chinese government is being extremely cautious with the decision to allow fuel-loading as it is the world’s first AP1000 unit. Sanmen Unit 1 is expected to undergo many more rounds of testing and experimentation after the fuel load. Grid connection is projected to be accomplished by fall 2018 or in early 2019. 


SPIC Approved to Compile the New IEC 63186 Standards on NPP Seismic Outage System Design

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI), the R&D subsidiary of SPIC, was recently approved to compile the new International Electrotechnical Commission’s 63186 NPP Standards – Important Safety Instrumentation and Control Systems – Seismic Outage System Design Recommendations. Contributing to the international standards of the ISO and IEC is a significant breakthrough for the Chinese nuclear industry. It also marks the Chinese nuclear industry’s switch from being a mere follower in this field to becoming a leader.


Jiangsu ENTC Nuclear Technology Won the Bid to Supply Taishan Unit 2’s NI Mechanical Seal Materials

Jiangsu ENTC Nuclear Technology announced recently that it won both first and second section project bids to supply mechanical seal materials for the nuclear island (NI) of Taishan Unit 2. The contract is with Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company, Taishan NPP’s operation and management (O&M) company co-invested by CGN, EDF, and Guangdong YUDEAN Group. This was also the first bid of its type (large displacement piping for the biological shield) to be fully localized, signaling the end of only foreign companies dominating this area of the market.


Hongyanhe NPP’s Active Radiation Monitoring System Passes NNSA Inspection

On February 26th, the Northeast Nuclear and Radiation Inspection Station of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) held an examination conference for Hongyanhe NPP’s active radiation monitoring system on behalf of the NNSA. The inspection group conducted a comprehensive examination by reviewing documents, holding site surveys, reviewing items monitored, and interviewing NPP staff. The conference concluded with the active radiation monitoring system passing the inspection and receiving the greenlight to begin operation.


Fuqing Unit 5 & 6 Had a Successful First Backfeeding

On March 2nd, CNNC’s HPR1000 demonstration project, Fuqing Unit 5 & 6 underwent a successful first-time 220 kV backfeeding. This has set the stage for subsequent installation and commissioning work. Power backfeeding is usually needed during the later stages of power station construction when consuming large amounts of power prior to power generation.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – February 2018

Construction of the Fuel Building’s Main Structure at Fuqing Unit 5 is Completed

On the early morning of February 12th, Fuqing Unit 5’s 36.5m panel at the fuel building underwent its final concrete pour, marking the completion of the hall’s main structure. The fuel building is the area where fuel rods are loaded and unloaded, and where the fuel storage system is operated. The building is a rectangular plant to the south of the containment building, which it is attached to. The hall has many internal structures, including the refueling pool, spent fuel pool cooling and processing systems, and service water system.


Construction of the Containment Building Internal Structure at Fuqing Unit 6 is Completed

On February 11th, the last concrete panel of the primary equipment compartments above the 16.5 m platform at Fuqing Unit 6 was poured, marking the completion of the containment building internal structure. The compartments, which are used to protect major components within the containment building, will eventually contain a pressurizer, water tanks for the external reactor vessel cooling (ERVC) system, as well as evaporators. The completion of the structure paves the way for the introduction and installation of the equipment mentioned above.


Sluice Gate Components Shipped for Karachi Unit 2 (K2), the First HPR1000 Outside China

On February 6th, the sluice gate frames for K2 were shipped from China Nuclear Industry Fifth Construction Company (CNEC5), a subsidiary of China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Group Corporation (CNEC) that recently merged with CNNC. The frames are the first set of components of K2’s sluice gate project. It is also the first time CNEC5 was contracted for an NPP sluice gate project.


Inspection Conference for the Preliminary Design of Changjiang Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Demonstration Project Held in Beijing

The inspection conference for the preliminary design of the Changjiang SMR demonstration project was held in Beijing from February 8th to 10th. The examination report finds that the preliminary design in in compliance with all safety regulations, rules, guidance, and standards. Comments and suggestions on corrective actions and further work were also provided. The Changjiang SMR demonstration project, which has already obtained permission from the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC), is a first-of-its-kind project in China. It uses the CNNC ACP100 design, also known as the “Ling Long One” design.


IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme’s Fourth International Experts Meeting Held in Beijing

The IAEA’s 2016-2017 Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme’s Fourth Experts Meeting was held at the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) in Beijing from January 29th to February 2nd. Experts from ROSATOM’s Pilot and Demonstration Center for Decommissioning of Uranium-Graphite Nuclear Reactors (PDC UGR), the Romanian National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), the Ignalina NPP in Lithuania, CIAE’s decommissioning related departments, and the IAEA program officer met to discuss two topics: 1) the dismounting, packaging, and storage of radioactive graphite; and 2) NPP decommissioning and demolition technology.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 02/11 - 02/16

CGN Power Plans on Listing on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

CGN Power Ltd, a CGN Group subsidiary currently listed on Hong Kong stock exchange, announced on February 11th that it plans to raise up to $794 million from a domestic listing on the Shenzhen stock exchange. CGN Power will offer up to 5.05 billion shares at 1 yuan per share, an equivalent of 10% of the company’s total shares. The proposal has received approval from the company’s board but is still awaiting approval from shareholders and regulatory authorities. CGN Power said the money raised will be used for the construction of Yangjiang Units 5 & 6, as well as Fangchenggang Units 3 & 4. Payback periods are usually drawn-out for projects like NPP construction, which also requires a very high upfront investment. CGN needs the funds to increase its liquidity.


Premier Li Keqiang Met with Westinghouse VP William Poirier

Premier Li Keqiang met with foreign experts in Beijing before the Chinese Lunar New Year. William Poirier, Westinghouse’s Vice President for China Projects, was invited among 60 other attendees. While stressing that China needs to continue to open its doors to the outside world to introduce foreign expertise and technology, Li listened to the experts’ discussion about their current business in China. Poirier gave a talk about the future role of nuclear power in China.


Chinese Power Industry SOEs will Further Ownership Reform

As the 2018 new year working conferences took place for Chinese power industry SOEs, some have listed furthering ownership reforms and restructuring as one of their goals. SPIC will initiate a pilot program based on a mixed ownership reform through asset securitization and debt-to-equity swaps. Huaneng also said that it will further reform via diversification of its stock ownership. A representative of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) Peng Huagang revealed earlier that marketization of SOE operations will be carried out in a broader sense through various mechanisms, with one example being the introduction of private capital to SOE ownership.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 02/05 - 02/09

CGN is Authorized to Develop China’s First Nuclear Power Heating Project

In a recent symposium on nuclear heating in Northern China, NNSA issued its approval for CGN together with Tsinghua University to develop China’s first nuclear heating project. The two parties will begin a series of preliminary works, including site selection, land use, water supply, emergency response, public communications, etc. There have been many cases of nuclear heating projects around the world and China has ample preparatory work on related research and studies. A low-temperature heating reactor is a product of integrated design with high safety. It has great potential market demand and can be applied in various fields. For example, it can be used in power supply, heating, water and gas supply to provide heating for communities and industrial parks, as well as comprehensive power supply in remote areas.


CNNC: Merge with CNECC will Complete Our Industry Value Chain, will Accelerate the Pace of “Going Out”

China National Nuclear Company (CNNC) held a press conference on February 9th where the spokesperson Mr. Pan Jianming responded to the interests and concerns over CNNC’s merger with China Nuclear Energy Construction Company (CNEC). On January 31st, SASAC announced that CNNC will be absorbing CNEC (without compensation) and CNEC will no longer listed as an independent SOE supervised by SASAC. CNEC was the world’s only enterprise with a continuous three-decade record of focusing on NPP construction. It is capable of building forty nuclear units at the same time. For its part CNNC has comprehensive nuclear technology capabilities. The merger allows CNNC to complete a full value chain in the nuclear industry. The merger helps to integrate the resources of both sides and will accelerate the pace of exporting nuclear technology. Mr. Pan also delivered an update on situation of the four HPR1000 sthat CNNC is building in China and Pakistan: all the units are under construction on schedule and are currently in the installation phase. He also reviewed CNNC’s work in the international market last year, including the contracts to build a HWR and a HPR1000 in Argentina, the agreement to cooperate with Saudi Arabia on Thorium resources and the establishment of the Global Innovation Nuclear Energy Technology Company which is a joint venture with TerraPower to develop the Gen IV Traveling Wave Reactor (TWR).


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 01/29 - 02/02

Tianwan Unit 3 is now Operating at Full-power

On January 30th, 2018 Tianwan Unit 3 had its power output increased to 100%, thereby achieving full-power operation. Tianwan 3 was connected to the grid on December 30th, 2017, and was last year’s first and only grid connection achieved by an under-construction NPP in China.


Hinkley Point C Project Progressing Well

The Hinkley Point C project, China’s largest energy investment focus in Europe, has been steadily progressing forward. Since the signing of the contract project between EDF, CGN, and the British government, fifteen Chinese companies have already passed the project qualification inspection, 7 of which are sub-contractors. The project itself is progressing well, and of note, CGN has invested GBP 1.8 million to date. The project site has an area the size of 245 soccer pitches, and is currently the largest construction site in Europe. Meanwhile, the Sizewell C and the Bradwell B projects are in the early preparation stage with geological studies being carried out at the Bradwell B site. In addition, the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process that was initiated for the HPR1000 design in January 2017 is now in its second phase. It is expected that the HPR1000 will enter phase III of the GDA process at the end of this year.


The World’s First HPR1000 RPV Installed at Fuqing Unit 5

Fuqing Unit 5’s RPV was successfully installed on January 28th. This component is the first RPV that China maintains proprietary intellectual rights over. The successful installation paves a clear road for subsequent installation work.


Sanmen Unit 2 Finished Hot Testing

On January 31st, the AP1000 at Sanmen Unit 2 finished hot testing and entered the preparation phase prior to fuel-loading. The hot testing period lasted for 77 days and included various evaluations such as a reactor coolant system dynamics and vibration effects assessment, an RCP hot performance assessment, a passive automatic depressurization system reliability assessment, and others. The effectiveness of Sanmen Unit 2’s primary systems, safety systems, and auxiliary systems was fully verified during the hot testing period.

Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 01/22 - 01/26

A New Domestic First! Construction Begins for CNNC’s Indigenously Developed NPP “Central Nervous System” Simulator

The nuclear safety grade digital control system used by nuclear reactors is akin to the “central nervous system” of a nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC), a subsidiary of the China National Nuclear Company (CNNC),  recently developed China’s first indigenous military/civil nuclear reactor DCS platform simulator, which has now successfully begun construction following approval from the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA). This is yet another achievement for CNNC, which was realized through persistent innovation and a strategy centered around joint military/civil development. This signifies that China’s civil nuclear reactor safety grade DCS has made a transitional leap from the design stage to the production stage.

First HPR1000's Conventional Island TG Stator Lowered into Position

At 2:58pm on January 19th, the CI’s heaviest component, the turbine generator stator, was successfully lowered into position at the Fuqing Unit 5 HPR1000 demonstration plant, setting the foundation for the subsequent turbine generator installation. Lifted by a 466.5-ton single-hook crane, the stators for Fuqing Unit 5’s TGs weigh in at 455 tons, making it the heaviest component at the site.

The World’s First HPR1000 RPV Now in Place!

At 5:07pm on January 28th, the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for Fuqing Unit 5 was successfully hoisted into place. After the positioning of the RPV, other components may be installed, like the RPV nozzle insulation, paving the way for welding of the primary piping.

The RPV is the core element of the nuclear reactor, serving an important safety shielding purpose. The RPV allows the nuclear reactor to sustain chain reaction under a controllable loading of heat and pressure. Compared with its Gen II counterparts, the HPR1000 RPV is more advanced in terms of design, material production, welding, and final machining, not to mention its heightened manufacturing standards.

The RPV was developed and designed by Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC), with China First Heavy Industries (CFHI) tasked with the manufacture.

The installation work was streamed live by CCTV (China Central Television).

Strategic Insights Inc. and Nicobar Group Team Up in Strategic Partnership Agreement, Allowing Customers to Expand their Reach into China, the U.S. and Canada

TORONTO, SHANGHAI (January 29, 2018) – North American-based Strategic Insights Inc. and China-based Nicobar Group Ltd. today announced an exclusive partnership agreement. The availability of integrated business development services will allow customers to benefit from streamlined approaches for lead generation and market intelligence in the nuclear energy market in all three countries.

The partnership is a strong strategic fit, leveraging the two leading companies’ respective strengths, across three main areas:

• First, Strategic Insights and Nicobar have both developed processes to enhance and expedite the expansion of sales of products and services in the nuclear sector. Strategic Insights Inc. will take the lead in using these methodologies to serve customers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and Nicobar will take the lead in serving customers in China and other Asian countries.

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• Finally, Strategic Insights. and Nicobar have published highly regarded reports in the nuclear industry in their jurisdictions, including reports on country developments, advanced and small modular reactors, life extensions and waste management. The partnership allows customers to benefit from enhanced access to these and future market intelligence products.

“Today’s announcement is another solid step towards our mission of providing actionable market intelligence and business development support to every decision-maker in the nuclear energy industry,” said Strategic Insights CEO T. Rosemary Yeremian. “China is a vibrant and important market that our customers in North America are looking to expand into with the help of Nicobar.”

“We’re very pleased and fortunate to have found a partner with whom we have such strong and natural synergies” said Nicobar Group Director James Stovall. “We’re looking forward to working with Strategic Insights to establish a robust model for commercial cooperation between the Chinese and North American nuclear industries, and exploring new opportunities in developing nuclear sectors around the world.”

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Strategic Insights Inc.
Phone: 1-647-881-7488

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Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 01/15 - 01/19

Multiple Key Components Installed at Fuqing Unit 5

On January 15th, following the introduction of each of Fuqing Unit 5’s three steam generators, each of the three RCP cases were also hoisted into position. The first two RCP cases were put into place on December 10th, 2017, and January 14th, 2018 respectively, with the following installed on the 15th. On the afternoon of January 19th, the conventional island (CI) turbine generator stator was installed. The stator is the heaviest component within the CI hall and one of the key components of the turbine generator. The stator was manufactured by Dongfang Electric Machinery Company.


“Nuclear Power Equipment On-line Monitoring and Intelligent Diagnosis Laboratory” Established at SNPI

The unveiling ceremony of the “Nuclear Power Equipment On-line Monitoring and Intelligent Diagnosis Laboratory” was held at Suzhou Nuclear Power Institute (SNPI) on January 12th. The lab is affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology’s State Nuclear Power Plant Safety and Security Engineering Technology Research Center at SNPI. Ningde NPP, Harbin Engineering University, and North China Electric Power University are all co-founders of the lab. The lab will run new algorithms using big data derived from operational NPPS to provide intelligent monitoring services for fleet units. Following the unveiling ceremony, Unit 1 of Ling’ao phase II and Ningde Unit 1 will become the pilot units used to build intelligent monitoring models.


Nuclear News Weekly Roundup – 01/08 - 01/12

Xi and Macron Attend the Nameplate Unveiling Ceremony for Taishan Unit 1, the World’s First EPR Unit

On the afternoon of January 9th, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled the nameplate of Taishan Unit 1, as the world’s first EPR (European Pressurized Reactor), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Taishan Unit 1 began construction in 2009 and Unit 2 poured its “first concrete” in 2010. They were, at the time, the third and fourth EPR units to begin construction in the world. Taishan NPP is constructed and operated by Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited (TNPC), a joint venture owned by CGN, EDF, and Guangdong Yudean Group. It is the largest Sino-French energy cooperation project.


All Three Steam Generators in Place at Fuqing HPR1000 Unit

On January 7th, the third steam generator of Fuqing Unit 5 was successfully topped off. With the completion of the installation, all three HPR1000 demonstration project’s steam generators are now in place. The third steam generator was introduced onto the NI’s 16.5 m platform on December 28th, 2017, and was prepared for installation during the ten days following. The installation began at 8:00 am, January 7th, 2018. The steam generator was then turned and placed upright, had its clasp buckles removed, accessories installed, and was finally topped off on the vertical stands.


Fangchenggang Unit 3’s Personnel Airlock Shipped to Site

The first personnel airlock module of CGN’s HRP1000 demonstration project was shipped from Dalian Baoyuan Nuclear Equipment Co., Ltd. on January 5th. It lays a solid foundation for subsequent installation of the containment dome. The personnel airlock will be placed on the platform, which is elevated +1.20m, inside the containment building. It allows passage of personnel and small equipment without breaking the seal of the containment building during plant operation or hot shutdown.


Qinshan NPP’s First Outage in 2018 Completed

Fangjiashan Unit 2 successfully resumed grid connection at 2:18 pm on January 4th, marking the completion of its third refueling outage. The outage, which began in 2017, was Qinshan’s seventh outage, and the first of this year. The outage lasted for 33.9 days after the unit was taken off-line from the eastern China power grid on December 1st, 2017, and was finished 4.1 days ahead of the original schedule.


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