New reactor now generating nuclear power in China

After completing all tests, the first Ningde nuclear reactor in China's northeast Fujian province has been handed over to the owners.

The CPR-1000 unit was connected to the grid in December after 58 months construction. Units 2-4 are under construction and due to be completed by 2015.

Total cost for four units (4.1 GWe) was put at CNY 51 billion ($7.2 billion).  They are a joint investment of China Guangdong Nuclear Power - CGNPC (46 percent), China Datang Corp. (44 percent) and Fujian Provincial Energy Group.

Datang is one of the four major non-nuclear Chinese generators, and Ningde is its first nuclear energy investment.

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