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CNNC starts building the 1.29 GW Unit 1 of the Xudapu nuclear plant (China)

The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has begun construction of the 1.29 GW first unit of the Xudapu nuclear power plant, located in the Liaoning Province (north-eastern China). CNNC will install a CAP-1000 reactor, the Chinese adaption of the AP-1000 reactor developed by the US’ Westinghouse.

With a total investment of CNY140bn (US$19.5bn), the Xudapu nuclear power plant is designed to comprise 6 pressurized water reactors (PWRs) with a combined installed capacity of 7.6 GW. Upon full completion, the nuclear power plant will be able to generate 54 TWh/year of electricity. Other than Unit 1, two other units are currently under construction, namely Units 3 and 4. In August 2023, China’s State Council approved the development of two additional units in Xudapu (5 and 6).

At the end of 2022, China’s nuclear capacity reached 55.5 GW and its nuclear power generation reached 418 TWh. China targets 200 GW of nuclear capacity by 2035. The country currently has over 31 GW of nuclear capacity under construction and 176 GW under development.

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