Plant Operation

China / Yangjiang-6 Ready For Commercial Operation

By David Dalton
9 August 2019

Operator needs final certifications before unit can officially begin to operate
Yangjiang-6 Ready For Commercial Operation
The Yangjiang nuclear power station in southern China. Photo courtesy CGN.
Unit 6 of the Yangjiang nuclear power station in Guangdong province, southern China, is generating electricity and ready for commercial operation, China General Nuclear said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

The company said its subsidiary Yangjiang Nuclear has completed all commissioning work.

“Yangjiang Nuclear will also obtain certificates such as the Electric Power Business Permit as per relevant requirements,” the statement said. “Usually, the time when the relevant procedures have been completed will be determined as the time when such unit commences its commercial operation.”

Construction of the indigenous 1,000-MW ACPR-1000 unit began in December 2013 and it was connected to the grid in June 2019.

Units one to four at the Yangjiang site are CPR-1000s and Units 5 and 6 are ACPR-1000s.

Unit 1 entered commercial operation in March 2015, with Units 2, 3 and 4 following in June 2015, January 2016 and March 2017. Unit 5 entered commercial operation in July 2018.

CGN said Yangjiang-6 will become its 23rd reactor in commercial operation, with a combined capacity of 25.39 GW. The company has five units under construction with an installed capacity of 6.35 GW.

According to International Atomic Energy Agency statistics there are 48 nuclear units in commercial operation in China, including Yangjiang-6, and 9 under construction

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