Unit 4 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China’s Fujian province achieved a sustained chain reaction for the first time on 16 July, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced yesterday. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.
Following inspections of the unit, China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration issued a licence on 9 June for fuel to be loaded into Fuqing 4. The process of loading the 157 fuel assemblies into the reactor core began on 13 June and was completed on 19 June.
CNNC said that after a series of critical tests, Fuqing 4 will start producing power and grid connection tests will be carried out on the
CNNC’s Fuqing plant will eventually house six
China’s State Council gave final approval for construction of Fuqing units 5 and 6 in
The Fuqing nuclear power plant project is owned by CNNC subsidiary China Nuclear Power Company (51%); Huadian Fuxin Energy Company (39%); and Fujian Investment and Development Group (10%).
Source: World Nuclear News