Unit 2 of Ningde nuclear power reactor sends its first electricity to grid

Updated: 10 Jan 2014
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The Ningde site in August last year. Units 1 to 4 are laid out from left to right (Image: CGN)
China's Ningde 2 nuclear power reactor sent its first electricity to the grid this week. It becomes the 20th large reactor supplying the country.  
The synchronisation of the unit to the national power grid was officially recorded at 3.11pm on 4 January, supplying 50 MWe of its full rated capacity of 1020 MWe. Next will come a series of online operational exercises before the unit begins full-power generation on full-time basis for operator China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN).

Ningde nuclear power plant is built across three small islands near Fuqing City in the northeast of Fujian province. It is owned 46% by CGN, 44% by China Datang Corp and 10% by Fujian Energy Group.

Construction started on units 1 and 2 in 2008 and they are both now producing power. Unit 3 is slated to come online this year and unit 4 to follow in 2015. They are all CPR-1000 pressurized water reactor units with a majority of domestically made components.
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