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First CAP1400 reactor under construction

04 апреля 2014
Industry news

The pouring of concrete for the basemat of Shidaowan 1, the first of two demonstration CAP1400 units in China’s Shandong province, was recently completed. The reactor is scheduled to begin operating in 2018.

Plant constructor China Nuclear Engineering Corporation (CNEC) announced that the pouring of first concrete, marking the official start of construction of Shidaowan 1, began on 28 March and took 20 hours to complete. Work on the reactor building will now begin.

The CAP1400 is an enlarged version of the AP1000 pressurized water reactor developed from the Westinghouse original by State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) with consulting input from the American company.

Two demonstration CAP1400 units being built at Huaneng Group’s Shidaowan site in Shandong province. About 80% of components for the first two CAP1400s will be made in China. This Shidaowan site is part of the larger Rongcheng Nuclear Power Industrial Park, at which the prototype HTR-PM small modular reactor is already under construction. Another 19 of the 210 MWe units could follow.

Huaneng is China’s largest power generation company. The reactors at Shidaowan will be its first nuclear generation assets. China’s current fleet of nuclear power plants are operated by either China National Nuclear Corporation or China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

As one of China’s 16 strategic projects under its National Science and Technology Development Plan, the CAP1400 is intended to be deployed in large numbers across the country. SNPTC will have ’independent intellectual property rights’ over the design, paving the way for exports to other countries.

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