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
台山核电站 in China
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 2017 (estimated)
Construction cost 50.2 billion yuan (US$7.5 billion)
Owner(s) CGNPC (70%), EDF (30%)
Nuclear power station
Reactor type PWR
Reactor supplier Areva
Cooling source Yaogu Bay
Cooling towers no
Power generation
Units under const. 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 was planned to take 46 months, significantly faster and cheaper than the first two EPRs in Finland and France.[4] These plans have proved elusive as start up has been repeatedly delayed. In February 2017 after 88 months of construction, CGNPC announced that completion of the reactors would be delayed until the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018.[5]

Unit Type Construction start Operation start Notes
Phase I
Taishan 1 EPR 28 October 2009 Second half of 2017 [3][6][7][5]
Taishan 2 EPR 15 April 2010 First half of 2018 [7][8][9][5]

Each generator delivers 1750 MWe (Nameplate capacity); generators of that size are said to be the largest single-piece electrical generators. 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[10]

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  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; de Beaupuy, Francois (2010-11-24). "China Builds Nuclear Reactor for 40% Less Than Cost in France, Areva Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "China delays nuclear reactor start again". Mail Online. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Nuclear Power Reactor Details - Taishan 1". Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  7. ^ a b "EDF says first Taishan nuclear plant to be ready end 2015". reuters.com. Reuters. 29 Jan 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nuclear Power Reactor Details - Taishan 2". PRIS. IAEA. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  9. ^ "First concrete for second Taishan reactor". World Nuclear News. WNA. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  10. ^ "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.