Taishan Nuclear Power Plant

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Taishan Nuclear Power Plant
Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is located in China
Taishan Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Taishan Nuclear Power Plant
Country China
Location Taishan, Guangdong
Coordinates 21°55′4″N 112°58′55″E / 21.91778°N 112.98194°E / 21.91778; 112.98194Coordinates: 21°55′4″N 112°58′55″E / 21.91778°N 112.98194°E / 21.91778; 112.98194
Status Under construction
Construction began 2009
Commission date 2015 (estimated)
Construction cost 50.2 billion yuan (US$7.5 billion)
Owner(s) CGNPC (70%), EDF (30%)
Nuclear power station
Reactor type Pressurized water reactor
Reactor supplier Areva
Power generation
Units under const. 2 × 1750 MW
Units planned 2 × 1750 MW

Two units at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant (Chinese: 台山核电站; pinyin: Táishān Hédiànzhàn) are under construction in Chixizhen, Taishan, Guangdong province, China.[1] It was planned to go online in 2013 and will be the third site to house Areva's 1,750 megawatt (MW) European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) units. The project is owned by Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited (TNPC), a joint venture, which is 70% owned by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC) and 30% by Électricité de France (EDF).

On August 26, 2008, excavation work began.[2] The first concrete for the first unit was poured in October 2009.[3] Construction of each unit is planned to take 46 months, significantly faster and cheaper than the first two EPRs in Finland and France.[4]

Unit Type Construction start Operation start Notes
Phase I
Taishan 1 EPR 28 October 2009 June 2015 [3][5][6]
Taishan 2 EPR 15 April 2010 September 2016 [7][8][6]

Each generator delivers 1750 MWe, and said to be the largest single-piece electrical generator. The 495 tonne generator stator is built by Dongfang Electric. Of the 1750 MWe gross delivered, around 90 MWe of this power will be used by plant systems such as the large pumps that circulate cooling water, leaving 1660 MWe net for supply to the grid[9]

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  1. ^ "Taishan nuclear power plant to be one of world's largest". People's Daily. December 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ "NPP under construction". China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Nuclear Power in China". Information Papers. World Nuclear Association (WNA). 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ Patel, Tara; Francois de Beaupuy (2010-11-24). "China Builds Nuclear Reactor for 40% Less Than Cost in France, Areva Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Nuclear Power Reactor Details - Taishan 1". Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  6. ^ a b "EDF hopes French EPR will launch before Chinese reactors". reuters.com. Reuters. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nuclear Power Reactor Details - Taishan 2". PRIS. IAEA. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  8. ^ "First concrete for second Taishan reactor". World Nuclear News. WNA. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  9. ^ "The generator stator for the Taishan 1 EPR has arrived on site and been hoisted into place for installation". World Nuclear News. October 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-05.