A full scope simulator has been installed at China’s Taishan nuclear power plant. It will be used in the training of operators for the country’s first two EPR reactors, which are nearing completion.

The EPR simulator for Taishan was supplied by CORYS — a joint venture between Areva and EDF — under a contract awarded in November 2009. It was delivered to China General Nuclear’s (CGN’s) plant in March and its installation has now been completed.

Simulators are a vital piece of equipment for training plant operators, both at the start of their careers and for their continuing training. The Taishan simulator features a complete replica of an EPR control room, including the instrumentation and control system.

Two EPR reactors are under construction at Taishan in Guangdong province. Taishan 1, which has been under construction since 2009, is expected to start up this year, while Taishan 2 is scheduled to begin operating in 2015.

EPRs are also under construction at Olkiluoto in Finland and Flamanville in France. These units are not expected to start up until at least 2016.

CORYS has also supplied the full scope simulator for the Flamanville EPR, while that for the Olkiluoto unit was supplied by Canada based L-3 MAPPS.

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