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Hualong One / China’s Reactor Design Certified By European Utility Group

By David Dalton
13 November 2020

Generation III plant is being planned for Bradwell project in England
China’s Reactor Design Certified By European Utility Group
Fuqing-5 is likely to become the first Hualong One nuclear plant to go commercial. Courtesy CGN.
China General Nuclear’s indigenous Generation III HPR1000 nuclear plant design has been formally certified as compliant by the European Utility Requirements (EUR) organisation.

CGN said the certification of the HPR1000, also known as the Hualong One, shows the design meets the latest European nuclear power requirements.

EUR said in a statement that the EU HPR1000 design had passed all the steps of the compliance analysis.

The assessment project was launched in August 2017 and involved the designer (CGN) and EUR members CEZ, EDF, Fortum, Energoatom, GEN Energija, NRG, Paks II, Preussen Elektra, Rosenergoatom and Tractebel.

“The EU HPR1000 design has been evaluated based on the design description document and dozens of additional design documents provided by CGN,” EUR said. “More than 10,000 pages of demonstration and justification documents have been submitted by the designer and analysed by the EUR assessment project team.”

The Hualong One is a three-loop pressurised water reactor. It incorporates elements of CNNC’s ACP1000 and China General Nuclear’s ACPR1000+ reactor designs.

General Nuclear Services, a subsidiary of EDF and CGN, is planning to use the Hualong One design at a prospective new nuclear power station in Bradwell, England.

According to International Atomic Energy Agency statistics there are seven Hualong One units under construction in China.

CNNC began construction of the first of two Hualong One units at Taipingling in Guangdong province, southern China, in December 2019. CNNC is constructing two units at Zhangzhou in Fujian province, eastern China, while CGN is building two at Fangchenggang in Guangxi province in the south of the country and two at Fuqing in eastern China.

In October the Fuqing-5 Hualong One attained first criticality and is set to become the first plant of its type to go commercial.

China is also building two Hualong One units at Pakistan’s Kanupp nuclear power station. They are the first units of this design to be built overseas.

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