The first concrete has been poured for the nuclear island of unit 6 at the Lufeng NPP in China's Guangdong province, China General Nuclear (CGN) said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSX). This marks the formal start of construction of Lufeng 6, which is the second Hualong One unit being built at the site’s unit 5. China’s State Council approved construction of the two units in April 2022. First concrete for Lufeng 5 was poured the following September and the two units are expected to be connected to the grid in 2028 and 2029.

Four Chinese designed CAP1000s were also planned for the site. Approved was granted by the National Development & Reform Commission in 2014 State Council approval is still pending. The CAP1000 design is the Chinese version of the Westinghouse AP1000.

CGN said in its HKSX statement that, with the start of construction of Lufeng 6, the company has seven units under construction with a total installed capacity of 8,408 MWe.

Image: A computer-generated image of the planned six-unit Lufeng NPP in southern China (courtesy of CGN)