CGN announced on 20 May that installation work had begun on the nuclear island of unit 1 at the San’ao NPP in Zhejiang province. The San'ao plant is China’s first nuclear power project with private equity participation. The project includes plans to build six units with Hualong One reactors. Construction of unit 1 began in December 2020 and of unit 2 in December 2021. The two units are scheduled to start supplying electricity in 2026 and 2027.
"To date, the hoisting of steel lining cylinder 6 of unit 1 and the hoisting of steel lining module 1 of unit 2 have been successfully completed," CGN said.
“Construction of a nuclear island is a very complex and complex system project, with many technological systems, sophisticated construction technology, strict quality control, high security, special verification and experimentation methods, and includes nuclear-grade equipment and large-scale lifting mechanisms,” said the Deputy General Manager of Cangnan Nuclear Power Company, Liu Jianyi.
The San'ao plant is China’s first nuclear power project with private equity participation. Geely Technology Group has acquired a 2% stake in the plant. CGN owns a 46% stake in the project company Cangnan Nuclear Power, the rest of the shares are owned by other state-owned enterprises.
Image: Nuclear island of unit 1 at the San’ao NPP in China