Sanmen Nuclear Power Station

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Sanmen Nuclear Power Station
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Sanmen Nuclear Power Station is located in China
Sanmen Nuclear Power Station
Location of Sanmen Nuclear Power Station
Country China
Location Sanmen County, Taizhou, Zhejiang
Coordinates 29°6′4″N 121°38′31″E / 29.10111°N 121.64194°E / 29.10111; 121.64194Coordinates: 29°6′4″N 121°38′31″E / 29.10111°N 121.64194°E / 29.10111; 121.64194
Construction began Unit 1: April 19, 2009
Unit 2: December 15, 2009
Commission date 2017 (planned)
Construction cost CNY 40.1 billion ($6.12 billion USD, estimate only)[1]
Owner(s) China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) [2]
Operator(s) Sanmen Nuclear Power Co.
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Westinghouse
Cooling source Shefan Channel
Power generation
Make and model Westinghouse AP1000
Units under const. 2 × 1100 MW
Units planned 2 × 1100 MW
Thermal capacity 2 × 3400 MWth (planned)
Nameplate capacity 2200 MW (planned)

The Sanmen Nuclear Power Station (Chinese: 三门核电站) is a nuclear power station under construction in Sanmen County, Zhejiang Province in China. Groundbreaking for the first and second units was held February 26, 2008.[3][4]

Sanmen NPS will be the first implementation of the AP1000 pressurized water reactor (PWR) developed by Westinghouse Electric Company. The contract was agreed in July 2007.[5] Announcement of the project start came roughly twelve months after Westinghouse won a bidding contest over other companies. The contract for the new plant involved The Shaw Group (now Chicago Bridge and Iron), a minority shareholder in Westinghouse. Westinghouse is controlled by Japanese Toshiba. The Shaw Group will provide engineering, procurement, commissioning, information management and project management services.[5] The first pair of reactors were estimated to cost more than 40 billion yuan (US$5.88 billion).[6]

Excavation for the first unit was completed in September 2008. Quality of the pit was certified, putting the project 67 days ahead of schedule.[7] Construction of Sanmen Unit 1 began on April 19, 2009, as the first 5,200  of concrete were poured for the foundation, in a ceremony attended by State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) chair Wang Binghua and Westinghouse CEO Aris Candris.[8][9] First concrete for Sanmen 2 was poured on December 15, 2009.[10]

In June 2014, China First Heavy Industries completed the first domestically produced AP1000 reactor pressure vessel for the second AP1000 unit.[11]

The units were originally projected to begin operation in 2014 and 2015. In April 2015, a start date of 2016 was projected for both.[12] One month later, the start date was put back to 2017.[13][14] In January 2017 China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced that the final reactor coolant pump had been installed with start of operations still foreseen for 2017.[15] As of July 2017, Sanmen 1 has completed pre-fuelling safety checks but has not begun fueling operations.

Unit Type Construction start Operation start Notes
Phase I
Sanmen 1 AP1000 April 19, 2009 2017 [16]
Sanmen 2 AP1000 December 15, 2009 2017 [16]

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  1. ^ "China Nuclear Power | Chinese Nuclear Energy - World Nuclear Association". World Nuclear Association. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nuclear Power Reactor Details - SANMEN 1". Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). International Atomic Energy Agency. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. ^ "First 3rd-generation nuclear plant to be built". Xinhua News Agency. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Nuclear power in China". Information Papers: Country Briefings. World Nuclear Association (WNA). June 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Westinghouse and Shaw Sign Historic Contracts to Provide Four AP1000 Nuclear Power Plants in China". Business Wire. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "China starts building 3rd-generation nuclear power reactors using Westinghouse technologies". Xinhua. April 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Sanmen excavation completed early". World Nuclear News. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  8. ^ "1st phase of Sanmen nuclear plant under construction in E China". Xinhua. April 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "First concrete at Sanmen". World Nuclear News. WNA. April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Sanmen 2 under construction". World Nuclear News. WNA. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  11. ^ "China produces first AP1000 vessel". World Nuclear News. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Steam generator installation under way at Sanmen 2". World Nuclear News. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Newbuild: CNNC Reveals New Delay at Sanmen -- to 2017". Nuclear Intelligence Group. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "More delays for China's first AP1000". Nuclear Engineering International. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Construction milestones at new Chinese units". World Nuclear News. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  16. ^ a b "Milestones". Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). January 26, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 

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