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China buys nuclear generators for moon and 4 new commercial nuclear reactors from Russia

• by brian wang

* four more VVER-1200 units at Xudabao and Tianwan
* cooperation in the CFR-600 fast reactor pilot project
* supply of the RITEG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) parts for China's lunar exploration programme.

The design of the Tianwan plant is based on Russia's AES-91 project with a VVER-1000 reactor.

The State Council gave its approval for the third phase of the Tianwan plant (units 5 and 6) – both featuring Chinese-designed 1080 MWe ACPR1000 reactors – on 16 December 2015. First safety-related concrete was poured for unit 5 later that month and for unit 6 in September 2016. Unit 5 is expected to enter commercial operation in December 2020 and unit 6 in October 2021.

First EPR reactor starting

The Taishan unit 1 nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has reached a sustained chain reaction for the first time. It will be the first EPR reactor to reach the commissioning milestone. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation later in 2018.

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