QINSHAN, PRC, May 9, 2003 — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) continues to out perform on the CANDU® reactor project in Qinshan, China.
Unit 2 reached first criticality at approximately 11:28 p.m. local time on Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
“This milestone was accomplished 52 days ahead of schedule”, said Robert Van Adel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. “This is a remarkable achievement by the Qinshan Team which has worked very hard to deliver this project in record time.”
A series of low power tests of the reactor’s major components and operating systems will be conducted over the next three weeks before the reactor’s power levels are raised in anticipation of full commercial operation for the Chinese owner Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company.
Unit 2 is the second of two 728 megawatt CANDU reactors on the Qinshan site located 125 kilometres southwest of Shanghai. Unit 1 has been producing emissions-free electricity to eastern China since December 2002.
The first CANDU in Qinshan was built on budget and in 54 months (first pouring of concrete to full power), the shortest construction period of any nuclear plant in China.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is the design authority for CANDU nuclear reactors and is completing the development of an innovative next generation system – the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR™).