(Yicai Global) July 2 -- After nearly 10 years of construction, China has connected two third-generation nuclear power units to the grid in the provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong.
Authorities connected the No. 1 units at Zhejiang Sanmen and Taishan plants to the grid at 4:48 a.m. on June 30 and at 17:59 a.m. June 29, respectively, and both remain in good operation, authorities said.
CGNPC expects the Taishan project to play a key role as an exemplary plant to support the joint construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK as well as drive forward the global expansion of Chinese nuclear power companies.
The Taishan unit is the first third-generation European Pressurized Reactor to achieved grid-connection and start pumping power globally. It uses French technology through the Taishan Nuclear Power company, a joint venture between China General Nuclear Power Corporation, Électricité de France and Guangdong Yudean Group.
The localization of key AP1000 nuclear technology equipment is advancing steadily in China thanks to the project's construction, equipment design and transfer of manufacturing technology, Yicai Global learned.
Editor: William Clegg