Drilling of the foundation pit has begun for unit 2 of China’s Lianjiang NPP in Guangdong, marking the first phase of the Lianjiang Nuclear Power Project, which is in the pre-construction phase. Foundation work at unit 1 began in September 2022 after the State Council approved Phase I (units 1&2). Phase I will comprise two 1,250 MWe CAP-1000 units with an investment of CNY38.9bn ($5.6bn). Six units are planned for the site. At the end of 2022, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) subsidiary China Nuclear Construction signed two nuclear power engineering contracts for the project. Construction is expected to take 56 months for each unit.

Image: Lianjiang nuclear power plant (courtesy of CNCEP)