The first unit of Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China is officially now in commercial operation, Shanghai Daily reported. Yangjiang Nuclear Power Co., a subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), began constructing the plant at the end of 2008 and was first connected to the grid on December 31, 2013. The construction of the project cost nearly $11.8 billion.
Yangjiang 1 is one of six units currently under construction for the nuclear plant in Guangdong Province in south China. Once all units begin commercial operation by the planned date of January 2019, the units combined are expected to generate 48 billion kilowatt hours of power. With the first unit completed and operational, CGN has a total installed generating capacity of nearly 9.4 gigawatts.
CGN spokesman Hu Guangyao said Yangjiang 2 and 3 are being tested with Unit No. 3 also having equipment installed, according to Shanghai Daily. The next step for Unit No. 2 is undergoing hot tests to simulate the conditions that usually occur during regular operation, World Nuclear News reported. The last three units are still under construction.