The Taishan EPR reactor connected to the grid, a world first. An EPR nuclear reactor was successfully connected to the electricity grid in China on Friday, allowing for the first time the commercial commissioning of this French technology, announced French EDF and Chinese CGN. EDF is a 30% shareholder in the joint venture to build and operate the reactor. The Chinese groups CGN and Yuedian are respectively 51% and 19% shareholders. In a joint statement with CGN, EDF said that “the tests on the alternator and the network connection tests have been successfully finalized”, after a series of tests started at the beginning of the month in the Taishan nuclear power plant, a coastal city from southern China. The construction of the reactor began in 2009. This is the third EPR reactor started in the world. The start date of this reactor had been postponed several times, but it was finally the first to be connected to the grid.
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