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China Nuclear News Weekly Roundup - 09/02 -09/08

Haiyang Nuclear Power Units Meets WANO Chemistry Performance Indicator

On August 18, measurements taken by Shandong Nuclear Operations Co. engineers indicated that Haiyang NPP Unit 2 had met parameters established for achieving WANO chemical performance indicators. With Unit 1 having achieved this same bench mark earlier this year, both units have achieved this benchmark. According to WANO, the chemistry performance indicator provides an indication of progress in controlling chemical parameters to retard deterioration of key plant materials and components. These parameters are to be maintained within strict guidance developed by the industry.

First Main Transformer of K3 HPR Installed

At 5 p.m. local time on August 27, Jiangsu 3rd Energy Construction Co. (subsidiary of China Energy Engineering & Construction Group) installed the first main transformer of K3, the third unit of Karachi Nuclear Power Station. On the same day, two high voltage transformers were successfully hoisted and installed in place.

Tianwan Nuclear Power Units 3&4 Refueling Cycle Extended

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) recently issued an announcement approving an extension of the standard refueling schedule for Tianwan NPP Units 3 and 4. A new fuel management plan will be implemented intending to improve the core fuel cycle from one refueling per year to one refueling every 18 months. Tianwan units 3 & 4 are both VVER-1000/B-428 1126MWe PWR nuclear power units.

Huaneng and China Ship Building Sign Cooperation Agreement

On September 3, China Huaneng Group Co., Ltd. and China Shipbuilding Industry Group Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement at the Huaneng group headquarters. According to the agreement, the two sides will focus on strategic and mutually beneficial cooperation in offshore nuclear power, as well as other areas of advanced energy technology and applications including wind power, smart microgrid technology, distributed energy technology, and integrated energy services.

Taishan Nuclear Power Unit 2 Enters Commercial Operations Phase

At 17:15 on September 7, Beijing time, Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Unit 2 successfully completed 168 hours of demonstration operation, fulfilling the required conditions for officially beginning commercial operations. This is the second EPR unit put into commercial operation in the world after Taishan Nuclear Power Unit 1.

NNSA Publishes Nuclear Safety White Paper

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the Information Office of the State Council issued a “White Paper on China's Nuclear Safety” and held a press conference at 10 a.m. in the press release Hall of the Information Office of the State Council on the same day. Mr. Liu Hua, Director of the National Nuclear Safety Administration, Mr. Guo Chengzhan, Deputy Director of the State Nuclear Safety Administration, and Xia Yanchun, spokesperson of the Information Office of the State Council, were invited to present and provide commentary on the whitepaper and address questions from journalists in attendance.

National Nuclear Safety Administration: New Build FCDs Fast Approaching

On September 3, Mr. Liu Hua, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and Director of the National Nuclear Safety Agency, in response to questions from reporters, confirmed that the nuclear new builds approved by the State Council in early 2019 are currently actively preparing for official construction. He further stated that, in the coming months, Zhangzhou NPP in Fujian Province and Taipingling NPP in Guangdong Province will be approved for FCD upon completing the final safety review currently underway.

Fuqing Nuclear Power Station in Fujian Province Reaches 100 billion kWh in Power Generation

Fujian Fuqing Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. reported on Wednesday that as of September 1, the cumulative commercially generated power of Units 1-4 of Fuqing Nuclear Power Station had exceeded 100 billion kWh. Compared to fossil energy of the same scale, it is equivalent to reducing China’s coal consumption by 30.9 million tons, carbon dioxide emissions by 80.8 million tons, and deforestation by 225,000 hectares.