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China restarts construction of nuclear power unit

China restarts construction of nuclear power unit

Caption: Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China

Construction on the fifth unit at China’s Hongyanhe nuclear power plant was restarted 15 months after work stopped.

Developer China Nuclear Engineering Corp. (CNEC) started pouring 4,452 cubic meters of concrete for the reactor’s basemat and foundation slab, according to World Nuclear News. China’s State Council stopped approvals and licensing for new reactors after the 2011 Fukushima accident until a safety plan was in place. Construction on units previously approved at that time continued until work was postponed. The National Development and Reform Commission gave plant owner China General Nuclear (CGN) approval earlier this month to restart construction of units 5 and 6, both ACPR-1000 reactors. Both units are scheduled to begin operations by 2021, the article said.

The site is already home to four CPR-1000 reactors. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operations in June 2013 and May 2014, respectively, the article said. Unit 3 started in March and Unit 4 is scheduled to connect to the grid this year.

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