China Finishes Second European EPR Reactor and Building a Reactor for Argentina

China reaches criticality for the second advanced European EPR reactor, Taishan 2.

Taishan 1 and 2 are the first two reactors based on the EPR design to be built in China. The two 1660 MWe reactors cost a total of US$9 million.

Construction of unit 1 of the Taishan plant started in 2009, followed by that of unit 2 in 2010. They took nine years to complete. China usually completes nuclear reactors in 4 to 5 years.

These two units are the third and fourth EPR units under construction globally, after the Olkiluoto 3 project in Finland and the Flamanville 3 project in France. The first two european EPR reactors should start next year.

Funding and Approval for China to Build a Nuclear Reactor for Argentina

China will build the fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Argentina. It will cost $7.9 billion dollars and construction will start 2021. Argentina got the price reduced by $1.1 billion and China provided a loan of US$2.5 billion.