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Two Chinese nuclear reactors reach project milestones

Two nuclear power reactors in China were connected to the power grid and achieved first criticality.
The Yangjiang 2 nuclear unit, owned by China General Nuclear, was connected to the grid on March 10, according to World Nuclear News. Once the reactor completes a test run of 168 hours, it will enter commercial operation. Yangjiang 2 is the second of four CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors currently under construction at the site. Unit 1 began commercial operation in March 2014 and Unit 2 is expected to operate in mid-2015. Construction of the other two reactors, both ACPR-1000s, started in 2013. All six reactors are expected to begin operations by 2019.
The 1,020-MW CPR-1000 Ningde 3 achieved first criticality March 7, the article said. Units 1 and 2 at the plant are producing power. Unit 3 is scheduled to come online early in 2015, and Unit 4 is expected to follow in 2016. Ningde is co-owned by China General Nuclear Power Corp., China Datang Corp. and Fujian Energy Group.
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