Update on two nuclear reactors in China that will be operating in 2019 and 2020

The dome has been installed upon the containment building of unit 6 at the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China’s Liaoning province. The milestone marks the end of major civil engineering works at the unit.

Hongyanhe unit 6 is the second of two 1080 MWe Chine General Nuclear (CGN) designed ACPR-1000 reactors that will form the second phase of the Hongyanhe plant.

Construction of Phase I of the plant – comprising four CPR-1000 pressurised water reactors – began in August 2009. Units 1 and 2 have been in commercial operation since June 2013 and May 2014, respectively, while unit 3 entered commercial operation in August 2015 and unit 4 in September 2016.

Construction of unit 5 began on 29 March 2015. Its dome was installed in April this year and the reactor is scheduled to start operations in November 2019. Unit 6 – construction of which started in July 2015 – is expected to start up in August 2020.