Areva installs nuclear reactor dome at plant in China

Areva said the dome installation on the reactor building of the 1,650 MW Unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China was completed on Oct 23.

This operation, coordinated by the project manager Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co. (TNPJVC), a joint venture owned at 70 percent by CGNPC and at 30 percent by EDF, was completed a little more than two years after the first concrete pouring of the reactor building raft.

After being hoisted 70 meters above ground, the 240-ton steel dome was lowered onto the 44-meter high structure, entirely covering the inner part of the reactor building. The next step will be to seal the dome by welding it around the circumference and covering it with 7,000 tons of concrete.

Two Areva EPRs are currently being constructed at Taishan. Unit 1 is expected to be complete in 2013 with Unit 2 expected to come online in 2014.

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