A key construction milestone was met June 5, 2012 at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China as the 420-ton vessel was lowered into the Unit 1 reactor building, after which it was installed in its final location in the reactor pit.
This stage of construction was coordinated by the project manager, Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co., a joint venture owned at 70 percent by CGNPC and at 30 percent by EDF, with technical support provided by local Areva teams.
This operation marks the start of works for the installation of the nuclear steam supply system, which includes - apart from the vessel - the four steam generators, pressurizer, the four primary motorized pump units and pipework, to be undertaken in parallel with the installation of the equipment and auxiliary systems.
Two 1,650 MW Areva EPRs are being built at Taishan.
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