(Yicai Global) April 28 -- China's nuclear power technology has aroused interest in a number of countries. Among them, two new reactor units that China National Nuclear Corporation exported to Pakistan are progressing smoothly, CNNC said.
The technology for the two new units named Hualong One is the third-generation nuclear power brand independently developed by China. Liu Wei, general manager of China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., revealed yesterday at the 12th China International Nuclear Power Industry Exhibition held in Beijing.
He said that at present, CNNC has started construction for a total of four Hualong One units at home and abroad. All are progressing well.
Yicai Global learned from CNNC that progress on China's first Hualong One -- CNNC Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant unit 5 -- is better than expected since building started in May 2015. Construction work is expected to complete this May.
CNNC also said Hualong One's first reactor overseas, Karachi Nuclear Power Plant unit 2 in Pakistan, started construction on Aug. 20, 2015, and Karachi Nuclear Power Plant unit 3 also started construction in 2016.
China has been the most important participant in Pakistan's nuclear power market. Chashma nuclear power project in Pakistan is China's first foreign aid construction of nuclear power project, and it is also the only commercial nuclear power unit currently exported by China's nuclear power companies, which was acclaimed as the 'South-South cooperation' model.
Since 1991, China has exported a number of nuclear power units to Pakistan, of which Chashma units 1, and 2 -- 300,000 kilowatts of pressurized water reactor nuclear power units -- went into operation in 2000 and 2011 respectively and Chashma units 3, and 4 and Karachi units 2 and 3 are being built.
Karachi Nuclear Power Plant units 2 and 3 have a total cost of nearly USD10 billion, which is currently the largest nuclear power project in Pakistan. The plant is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, near the city of Karachi, about 900 kilometers from the capital of Islamabad.
China National Nuclear Corporation also said that in addition to Pakistan, the company has reached a cooperation deal with nearly 20 countries, including Argentina, the UK, Egypt, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Ghana, Malaysia and other countries.