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First EPR nuclear reactor goes on stream in China

AFP  |  Paris 

A third generation nuclear reactor in started providing power to the grid today, a first for the new-generation technology, joint venture partners CGN and EDF said.

The (EPR) in Taishan, southern China, "became the first reactor in the world to be successfully connected to the grid", they said. The reactor using the much-delayed European technology had carried out its first nuclear chain reaction earlier this month.

General Corporation (CGN) owns 51 percent of the reactor, French utility EDF 30 percent and Chinese provincial power company 19 percent.

With EPRs in and facing setbacks, the Taishan 1 reactor in province is the first of its kind to advance to the operational stage.

The reactor will now undergo a period of gradual power-up tests, and then will be tested in steady-state conditions at full power, the statement said. A second reactor, Taishan 2, run by the same partners, is expected to enter service next year.

The dates for both reactors to start working had been pushed back several times.

"Local defects" were found last year in Taishan 1's deaerator, a device used to remove oxygen from water circuits.

Last September Britain gave the green light, with conditions, to EDF and CGN to build another such reactor at Hinkley Point in southwest England, after a heated debate which included worries over China's involvement.

That reactor is not expected to be completed until the mid 2020s.

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First Published: Fri, June 29 2018. 20:30 IST