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CNNC starts construction of the Jinqimen nuclear plant in Zhejiang (China)

The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced the start of construction works for the first phase of the Jinqimen nuclear power plant, located in Ningbo, in the Zhejiang Province (eastern China). The construction of the two 1,200 MW Hualong One reactors, corresponding to phase one of the Jinqimen power plant, was approved by China's State Council in late December 2023. 

CNNC Zhejiang Energy, a subsidiary of CNNC, will be responsible for the project investment, construction and operations management of the new plant, which will eventually comprise six Hualong One units. Once completed, the power plant should reach a total capacity of 7.2 GW, and will be able to generate 55 TWh/year of electricity, offsetting emissions by about 50 MtCO2/year according to CNNC.

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 173 GW under development.

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