Unit 6 of China's Yangjiang NPP in Guangdong province, a 1000 MWe ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor, is generating electricity in preparation for commercial operation, China General Nuclear has announced, adding that it was awaiting the remaining permits and documentation. Yangjiang 6 achieved first and was connected to the grid in June. A series of commissioning tests followed, including a load test run and a demonstration run lasting 168 hours.
"Yangjiang unit 6's qualification for commercial operation means that six planned Yangjiang nuclear power generation units have been put into operation," CGN Power said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
The first four Yangjiang units are CPR-1000s, with units 5 and 6 being ACPR-1000s. Unit 1 entered commercial operation in March 2015, with units 2, 3 and 4 following in June 2015, January 2016 and March 2017, respectively. First concrete for Yangjiang unit 5 was poured in September 2013, with that for unit 6 following three months later. Unit 5 entered commercial operation in July 2018.
The plant is owned and operated by Yangjiang Nuclear Power Company Limited, which is 29% owned by CGN Power, 30% by CGN Power subsidiary GNIC, 7% by CGN Power associate company CGN Industry Investment Fund Phase I, 17% by Guangdong Yudean Group and 17% by Hong Kong-based power company CLP Holdings Limited. Yangjiang 6 will be CGN's 23rd power reactor in commercial operation, with a combined capacity of 25.39 GWe. CGN also has five units under construction with an installed capacity of 6.35 GWe.