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Nuclear power plants using homegrown technology set to begin operation in 2020
   2016-11-01 15:26:34    People's Daily Online      Web Editor: Huang Yue

File photo of a model of Hualong One nuclear reactor [Photo: People's Daily Online]

"We have drawn on global experience over the years, and have integrated advanced design concepts including AP1000 and EPR to ensure the safety of the Hualong One nuclear project. The reactors can even withstand a tsunami of the strength that triggered Japan¡¯s Fukushima disaster," said Xue Junfeng, vice chief engineer of China's Hualong One reactors.

Two nuclear facilities using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design, are under construction at the site of the Fuqing nuclear plant in eastern China¡¯s Fujian province. The construction is on schedule, with the plant slated to begin operation by 2020.

The reactors are made in accordance with the world¡¯s top safety standards. They are able to withstand a level 17 typhoon, a magnitude 9 earthquake and the force of a collision with a commercial airplane. The reactors can also activate a series of protective measures when external power is cut off, according to Chen Guocai, vice chief manager of Fujian Fuqing Nuclear Power Co. Ltd., affiliated with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

The Hualong One reactors are fully compliant with all safety standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency, making them suitable to be sold outside of China. More than 20 countries, including Britain, Argentina, Egypt and Pakistan, have signed agreements with China to adopt Hualong One technology.

The Hualong One reactor was jointly designed by two nuclear power giants, China General Nuclear Power Group and CNNC. It passed inspection by a national expert panel in August 2014. In November 2014, the National Energy Administration approved the use of Hualong One technology to build two reactors in Fujian province. The State Council approved the construction in April 2015.



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