Commissioning begins for China’s Fuqing 5

13 August 2018

China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Company announced on 7 August that unit 5 of the Fuqing NPP in Fujian province had moved from the installation phase to the system commissioning phase six days ahead of schedule after the final display panel of the control room had been installed. China National Nuclear Corporation announced in 2014 Fuqing 5 and 6 would have Chinese design Hualong One pressurised water reactors instead of the previously planned ACP1000 design.

China's State Council approved construction of Fuqing units 5 and 6 in April 2015 and first concrete for Fuqing 5 was poured a month later in May followed by first concrete for unit 6 began in December. Fuqing 5 and 6 are scheduled to be completed in 2019 and 2020. The dome of unit 5 was installed on the containment building in May 2017 and the reactor pressure vessel was installed in January 2018. Two more Hualong One (HPR1000) units are under construction at China General Nuclear's Fangchenggang plant in the Guangxi Autonomous Region with start up also scheduled for 2019 and 2020.

Units 2 and 3 at Pakistan's Karachi NPP will also have Hualong One reactors. Construction began on unit 2 in 2015 and unit 3 in 2016 with operation scheduled for 2021 and 2022. The Hualong One has also been proposed for construction at Bradwell NPP in the UK, where it is undergoing Generic Design Assessment.



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