Construction of China’s first high temperature gas-cooled reactor has begun at Rongcheng, in East China's Shandong Province, local media reports.
China Huaneng Group signed an agreement with China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Corp (CNECC) and Tsinghua University to set up a new company for the operation of the Shidaowan plant.
The 200 MW facility is expected to cost some yuan 3 billion ($384 million) and China Huaneng will fund 47.5% of the investment, CNECC 32.5% and Tsinghua University, which built China’s first 10 MW high temperature gas-cooled research reactor, 20%.
Globally, there are currently five high temperature gas-cooled reactors, and two such power plants.
The reports follow news that China National Nuclear plans to spend yuan 50 billion ($6.4 billion), to build four 1,000 MW nuclear units at Heyuan in Guangdong Province.