The type of nuclear reactor under construction at Hinkley Point in Britain has been brought into commercial operation for the first time at a site in China. France’s EDF and China’s CGN, the companies building the Somerset plant, said that they had started up the world’s first European Pressurised Reactor in Taishan, years later than originally planned. Every project to build the EPR technology around the world has been plagued with delays and setbacks, leading critics to question whether the technology being used at the £20 billion Hinkley Point plant would ever work. Simone Rossi, EDF Energy’s chief executive, said that the Chinese start-up was “a great step forward for the EPR and shows that the UK can have confidence in the reactor design, which we are using at Hinkley Point C and planning to use at Sizewell C”. Hinkley Point C is Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation. It is due to start up in 2025 and supply enough power to meet about 7 per cent of the UK’s needs. The Taishan project was also delayed. Reports originally suggested it was due to start as early as 2013.
Times 15th Dec 2018 read more »
The world’s first third-generation “Evolutionary Power Reactor” (EPR) has gone into operation at Taishan in China’s Guangdong province, the French and Chinese developers behind the project announced on Friday. The 1,750-megawatt EPR, formerly known as the “European Pressurised Reactor” and designed by France’s Areva, completed a 168-hour trial run on Thursday evening, said state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corporation The Taishan nuclear project is 70 percent-owned by CGN, with Electricite de France (EDF) controlling the rest. Areva, designer of the new reactor, is now known as Framatome, which is owned 75.5 percent by EDF. (CGN).
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An EPR nuclear reactor built in Taishan, southern China, has been commissioned, a world first for this third-generation French technology, French electric utility EDF and Chinese CGN said Friday. Successfully connected in June to the Chinese power grid, the first of two EPR reactors built in Taishan, Guangdong Province, has since gone through a whole series of tests and simulations of incidents, and has been declared ready to enter. Thursday evening, they said at a press conference. 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. The reactor “has brought together all the conditions for its commercial commissioning.This is a major milestone in EDF’s cooperation with CGN (…) and demonstrates that EPR technology is a promise for the future. “all nuclear technologies”, said Fabrice Fourcade, president of EDF China.
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China commissions first EPR reactor – five years behind schedule, the first unit in Taishan, in the south of the country, produces electricity commercially.
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