17.03.2017_No11 / World Nuclear Review

China’s Yangjiang-4 Begins Commercial Operation

Plant Operation

17 Mar (NucNet): The fourth unit of the Yangjiang nuclear power station in China’s southern province of Guangdong completed all commissioning work and entered commercial operation March 15, plant owner China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) said.

Yangjiang-4, a 1,000-MW CPR1000 reactor, was connected to the national electricity grid for the first time on 8 January 2017 It is the last of four 1,000-MW CPR1000 reactors to be built at the site.

Yangjiang-1 began commercial operation in March 2014, followed by Yangjiang-2 in June 2015 and Yangjiang-3 in January 2016.

Construction work began at Yangjiang-5 in September 2013 and at Yangjiang-6 in December 2013. The two units are the first ACPR1000s to be built in China.

CGN said Yangjiang-4 is the first unit to enter commercial operation in 2017, and the company is now the largest nuclear power producer in China.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency there are 37 commercial nuclear plants in operation in China and 20 under construction.

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