China's first indigenous 3rd gen nuclear reactor operational
China's first domestically made third-generation pressurised water nuclear reactor, the Hualong One, began commercial operations recently, according to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
The Hualong One is a Chinese third-generation pressurised water nuclear reactor jointly developed by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). The CGN version and its derived export version is called HPR1000.
The reactor in Fuqing in China's southeastern province of Fujian was first connected to the grid in November last year, following over five years of construction work.
In a social media statement, CNNC said that the start of commercial operations of the nuclear reactor marks China's expertise in independent third-generation nuclear power technology following Russia, France, and the United States.
The Hualong One units, designed to have a 60-year lifespan and 1.161 million KW of installed capacity each.
Construction of a second Hualong One unit at the Fuqing site is due to be completed this year.
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