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China Ready to Start World’s First AP1000 Nuclear Reactor

China Ready to Start World’s First AP1000 Nuclear Reactor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Sep 2018 9:06 AM GMT

Beijing: After a long delay and cost spillover, China is set to start commercial operations of the world’s first next-generation AP1000 nuclear reactor. The No. 1 reactor at the Sanmen power plant, designed by Westinghouse Electric Company, is expected to be ready for commercial operations on Friday after completing a 168-hour test-run, Shanghai-listed China National Nuclear Power Company said in a statement to the stock exchange on Thursday.

According to the South China Morning Post, it did not say when the unit, in east China’s Zhejiang province, will officially enter commercial power production. China’s drive for cleaner energy has been a bright spot for a nuclear industry beset with cost overruns and stricter regulations in the wake of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster. “It’s a landmark event for China’s nuclear power industry,” Snowy Yao, a Hong Kong-based analyst at China Securities International Finance Holding Company, was quoted as saying by the Post. (IANS)

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