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China-France JV’s second nuclear reactor to enter into commercial operation

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minutes 2019/09/09 09:31:39
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nuclear power, environment protection, electricity, energy

Sep 09, 2019 (China Knowledge) - The second nuclear power unit built by the China-France joint venture (JV) Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture (TNPJVC) has completed statutory functional tests and is all set to start selling power to the grid. The achievement of all prerequisite conditions for safely operating the second reactor comes just nine months after Unit 1 was commissioned.

TNPJVC is jointly founded by China’s biggest nuclear operator China General Nuclear (CGN), France’s largest energy-related firm Electricite de France (EDF) and Guangdong Energy Group (GEG) which have 51%, 30% and 19% holdings of the JV, respectively.

Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 led by the JV were conducted at the Taishan Nuclear power plant in Guangdong province. The plant is the world’s first to use France’s third-generation European Pressurized Reactor technology, also known as Evolutionary Power Reactor (EPR).

Taishan nuclear power plant, as the biggest energy cooperation project between China and France, is capable of supplying the Chinese power grid with up to 24 TW h of CO2-free electricity a year.

Namely, the energy produced by the plant can meet electricity demand of 5 million Chinese users, while preventing 21 million tons of CO2 emission a year.

Unit 2 will enter commercial operation once it acquired relevant licenses, which will bring active nuclear power units in mainland China to 48 and a total installed capacity to about 50 gigawatts. With an additional nine units completed, China, ranking the 3rd spot now, will be the largest nuclear power generator in the world.

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