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Fuqing 3 starts supplying electricity to grid

The third unit of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has been connected to the grid. The CPR-1000 is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year.

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced the unit was connected to the grid at 8.35am today. It said this marks the formal transition of Fuqing 3 from the construction and commissioning phase into the power generation phase.

The unit will now undergo a load test run and other relevant testing before entering full-power demonstration operation. It is expected to enter commercial operation before the end of 2016.

The Fuqing plant will eventually house six Chinese-designed PWRs, the first four being 1087 MWe CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors. Unit 1 started up in July 2014, was connected to the grid the following month and entered commercial operation in November. Unit 2 achieved first criticality in July 2015 and entered commercial operation last October.

Ground was broken in June 2009 for Fuqing unit 3 and 4. Containment pressure tests were successfully completed at unit 3 last August. The loading of all 157 fuel assemblies into the reactor core of Fuqing 3 was completed on 4 April and it achieved first criticality on 3 July. Unit 4 is scheduled to start up in 2017.

China's State Council gave final approval for construction of Fuqing units 5 and 6 in mid-April 2015. First concrete was poured for the fifth unit in the following month, while that for unit 6 was poured in December. These will be demonstration indigenously-designed Hualong One reactors. Fuqing 5 and 6 are scheduled to be completed in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The Fuqing nuclear power plant project is owned by CNNC subsidiary China Nuclear Power Company (51%); Huadian Fuxin Energy Company (39%); and Fujian Investment and Development Group (10%).

Researched and written
by World Nuclear News

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