The first nuclear reactor at the Hongyanhe nuclear power facility went operational Sunday, marking the end of a two year moratorium on nuclear power in the country put in place after Fukushima, China Daily reports.
The 1,080 MW pressurized water reactor is the first of six reactors to be installed at the facility, the first nuclear plant and largest energy project in northeast China.
Construction began on phase one of the project in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2015 at a total project cost of $7.96 billion. Phase two of the project will add two additional reactors by 2016, after which the power plant is reportedly projected to produce 45 billion kwh annually. The facility will be China’s first nuclear power plant to use saltwater desalination technology in its cooling systems.
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