Status of China Nuclear Reactor Construction Approvals

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In 2010, China is expected to approve the construction of five nuclear power generating units, including Tianwan Phase III project, Fangchenggang Phase I project, Shidaowan high temperature gas cooled reactor demonstration project.

China has approved 30 generation units of 11 nuclear power generation plants with installed capacity amounting to 32.7 million kilowatts. Among them, 25.4 million kilowatts of installed capacity are under construction now.

The World Nuclear Association has a summary of China’s nuclear power program

Shidaowan HTR-PM

A demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant, with twin reactor modules driving a single 210 MWe steam turbine, was approved in November 2005, to be built at Shidaowan, near Rongcheng in Weihai city, Shandong province, by Huaneng Shandong Shidaowan Nuclear Power Company (HSSNPC). This joint venture is led by the China Huaneng Group Co. – the country’s largest generating utility but hitherto without nuclear capacity. Huaneng Power International is investing CNY 5 billion in the project, which received environmental clearance in March 2008 for construction start in September 2009 and commissioning by 2013. The EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contract was let in October 2008, and involves Shanghai Electric Co and Harbin Power Equipment Co. This will be the demonstration plant for a further 18 modules at the site, total 3,800 MWe.

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