Chinese-developed reactor passes industry evaluation

The initial design of the ACP1000, China's domestically-developed advanced pressurized water nuclear reactor, has passed an industry evaluation confirms China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

The evaluation, which was conducted by around 40 experts, concluded that the technology and safety index of the ACP1000 are on par with the world's third generation nuclear reactors and the reactor can be fully designed and built in China.

CNNC, the developer of the ACP1000, said it has completed a preliminary safety analysis report, and is now working on the construction design to have everything ready for construction by the end of the year.

The complete intellectual property rights for the ACP1000 reactor, which has a localization rate of 85 per cent and a designed lifespan of 60 years, reside with CNNC.

The company has already signed export contracts for the reactor.

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