Two Chinese nuclear reactors reach project milestones

 Two Chinese nuclear reactors reach project milestones

Two nuclear power reactors in China were connected to the power grid and achieved first criticality.
 
The Yangjiang 2 nuclear unit, owned by China General Nuclear, was connected to the grid on March 10, according to World Nuclear News. Once the reactor completes a test run of 168 hours, it will enter commercial operation. Yangjiang 2 is the second of four CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors currently under construction at the site. Unit 1 began commercial operation in March 2014 and Unit 2 is expected to operate in mid-2015. Construction of the other two reactors, both ACPR-1000s, started in 2013. All six reactors are expected to begin operations by 2019.
 
The 1,020-MW CPR-1000 Ningde 3 achieved first criticality March 7, the article said. Units 1 and 2 at the plant are producing power. Unit 3 is scheduled to come online early in 2015, and Unit 4 is expected to follow in 2016. Ningde is co-owned by China General Nuclear Power Corp., China Datang Corp. and Fujian Energy Group.
 
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