The 1080 MW reactor unit 1 at China’s Ningde nuclear plant in Fujian province sent power to the grid for the first time on December 28, 2012.
The event marks the transition of the plant from the construction to the commissioning phase. Plant operator China Guangdong Nuclear Power Co. will conduct further tests before the reactors enters full commercial operation, including a 168-hour run at full output.
The reactor is the first of four planned CPR-1000s planned for the site, all of which are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2015. Construction on units 1 and 2 started in 2008, and on units 3 and 4 in 2010.
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