China begins work on offshore SMR demo project

China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) announced this week that it has begun preliminary design work on a small modular reactor (SMR) offshore nuclear demonstration project.

CGN said construction work on its 60 MWe/200 MWth ACPR50S SMR (pictured, artist's rendition) is expected to begin in 2017 and finish by 2020.

The firm also signed a strategic co-operation framework agreement this week with China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) to "promote the organic fusion of the offshore oil industry and the nuclear power industry", according to a statement released by CNOOC. 

The SMR is expected to provide power and heat for offshore oil and gas exploration, as well as potentially for islands or coastal regions.

A land-based SMR model, the ACPR100, is also in the works according to CGN, and would produce around 140 MWe/450 MWth. It is intended for use on large industrial parks or in remote mountain regions.  

See also:

China to develop floating nuclear power plant  

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