CAP1400 Demonstration Project Allowed to Begin Construction
On November 2nd, 2018, the CAP1400 demonstration project at Shidaowan, Shandong Province, received permission to start construction. It has been almost three years since the last construction permissions were granted to Gen III units, namely the HPR1000 units at Fangchenggang NPP and the VVER unit at Tianwan NPP, on December 16, 2015. The CAP1400 unit will also be the first Gen III unit to pour its nuclear island’s first barrel of concrete during the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan (13th FYP).
Sanmen Unit 2 Begins Commercial Operation
On the evening of November 5th, Sanmen Unit 2 fulfilled the requirement of 168 consecutive hours of operation at full-power to begin commercial operation. It becomes the CNNC’s 20th operational nuclear power unit and the world’s third operational AP1000 unit.
Tianwan Unit 4 Connects to the External Grid
On the morning of October 27th, Tianwan Unit 4 was successfully connected to the external grid and began supply electricity. It is projected to begin commercial operation either at the end of this year or early 2019.
Fuqing Unit 5 Projected to Begin Commercial Operation in 2020
China’s first HPR1000 unit, Fuqing Unit 5, could begin commercial operation in 2020, said Xu Ligen, Chairman of the CNNP Fuqing Fujian Nuclear Power Company on November 5th. The CNNC’s HPR1000 pilot project had its first concrete poured in 2015 and has progressed smoothly so far. Primary milestones are reached either on time or ahead of schedule. At the moment, both Units 5&6 are in their installation phases.
China to Build a Floating SMR in Shandong Province, Projected to Operate in 2021
Ye Qizhen, Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Engineering Science, during the 2018 Nuclear Power Industry Summit stated that China is going to build its first floating NPP in Yantai, Shandong Province. Public available information shows that the pre-construction work began this year and is projected to begin operating in 2021. According to Ye, the floating NPP will be equipped with a Small Modular Reactor, “the ACP 100 design developed by the CNNC – a 125 MWe unit,” which has features ensuring very high safety standards.
The World’s First HTGR’s Steam Generator Shipped to Site
On October 31st, the world’s first HTGR steam generator passed pre-shipping inspection in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province. The inspection was witnessed by representatives from the CNNC, Tsinghua University, Huaneng Group, and Harbin Electric.
Joint Chinese-Ukrainian Company Set Up to Run Business of Nuclear Facility Decommissioning and Spent Fuel Management
The Sino-Ukrainian Xianchu Nuclear Technology Company was recently founded with headquarters in the Free Economic Zone of Qingdao, Shandong Province. The company is the first ever JV between enterprise from the two countries and will pioneer new decommissioning technologies for nuclear facilities, as well as spent fuel management technologies in China.