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Third-generation technologies set to keep industry on even keel in nation, say experts
上海楼凤品茶微信China’s growing clean power demand has boosted the rapid development of nuclear power in the c
ountry, making it among the few in the world to have independently developed third-g
eneration nuclear power technology, with a complete industry chain, industry experts said.上海楼凤
The first two reactor units using China’s homegrown third-generation nuclear reactor techn
ology Hualong One, or the No 5 and 6 reactors in Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant in Fuzhou, Fujian province, are ex
上海楼凤品茶微信pected to avoid time overruns, creating a record in the construction of the first reactor in a nuclear power project.
Currently, key goals in the construction of the No 5 reactor have all been fulfilled on or ahead of sch
edule, while devices necessary for the No 6 reactor have been prepared as per schedule, said Zhou Sai上海楼凤
jun, deputy chief engineer of the power plant affiliated to China National Nuclear Corp, or CNNC.
Hualong One technology, jointly designed by CNNC and China General Nucl上海楼凤品茶微信
ear Power Group, adopts a double-layered containment system that can withstand la
rge aircraft attacks, and has a water tank above the reactor that can be gravity-fed to keep the reactor cool.
Fuqing’s No 5 reactor will start hot functional tests before Oct 16
and is expected to go into commer上海楼凤品茶微信cial operation in July next year. The No 6 reactor is sc
heduled to start cold functional tests next April and slated to commence commercial operations in 2021, Zhou said.
上海楼凤Cold functional tests are carried out to confirm whether the circuit system and i
ts supporting facilities are properly installed and ready to operate under high-pre
上海楼凤ssure conditions. A hot functional test is a critical pre-operational test that simulates the tempera
tures and pressures the reactor systems will be subjected to during normal operation.
The No 2 and 3 nuclear reactors in Karachi, Pakistan, using H上海楼凤品茶微信
ualong One technology, are also making construction progress as per schedule.