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New milestones reached at two 1 GW nuclear reactors in China

CNNC Fujian Fuqing Nuclear Power has officially commissioned the 1,000 MW (1,150 MW gross) sixth unit of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in the Fujian province of China; this is the second Chinese-designed Hualong One reactor installed and put into commercial operations in Fuqing. Fuqing-6 was connected to the Chinese power grid in January 2022 and is expected to generate around 10 TWh/year. It adds to four 1,087 MW Chinese-designed CPR-1000 units commissioned in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and to the 1,000 MW (1,150 MW gross) Hualong One reactor (Fuqing 5) commissioned in January 2021.

In addition, China General Nuclear (CGN) has completed fuel loading at the 1,080 MWe Hongyanhe-6 reactor in China’s Liaoning province, paving the way for the commissioning phase (commissioning expected in the first half of 2022). The Hongyanhe nuclear power plant consists of four 1,087 MWe CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors (first phase) and of two 1,080 MWe CGN-designed ACPR1000 reactors (first one, Hongyanhe-5, commissioned in July 2021). The project is owned and operated by Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power, a joint venture between CGN and China Power Investment (45% each), while the Dalian Municipal Construction Investment holds 10%.

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