China commissions $7.9bn nuclear power plant
Liaoning Hongyanhe project commences operation on first of six units
Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Company has commenced operation of the first unit of the $7.9bn Hongyanhe power plant in Liaoning province of China.
The Hongyanhe 1 power project consists of four 1,080MW CPR-1000 reactors, which will have an installed capacity of 30 billion kWh. The construction of the power plant commenced in 2007.
In October 2012, the company completed cold testing of the nuclear island of the first reactor unit, and on 16 January 2013, the unit achieved first criticality. Completion of the plant is slated in 2015.
It is the first nuclear power plant in China to use desalinated seawater to provide cooling water.
Hongyanhe Phase II will comprise two further CPR-1000 units and is being developed adjacent to the site of Phase I. It will raise the power generational capacity of 45 billion kWh on completion in 2016.
Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Company is a joint venture between China Guangdong Nuclear Power Co., China Power Investment Corp. and the Dalian Municipal Construction Investment Company, where they command a stake of 45%, 45% and 10%, respectively.