The first nuclear reactor built to the design planned for the proposed Sizewell C power plant in Suffolk has started producing electricity for the first time. The Taishan 1 reactor in China became the first EPR reactor to successfully connect to the grid on Friday, June 29. It is producing electricity, but not on a commercial scale yet, as it goes through a series of tests. It will go fully live later this year. Taishan 1 will provide a template for building Taishan 2 next door to it, which is still being built, and the same double reactor design is set to be adopted in Suffolk. Taishan 2 is expected to go live in about a year, and the same process is planned for Sizewell, with about a year’s gap between the completion of the two reactors as build teams move from one job to the next.
Ipswich Star 29th June 2018 read more »