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December 15, 2012

China starts new nuclear construction and makes nuclear deals with Russia

1. Construction of three new Chinese reactors has started since the country's announcement in October that it would approve only a 'small number' of projects in each of the coming five years.

First concrete has now been poured for Fuqing unit 4 in Fujian province and Yangjiang unit 4 in Guangdong province - both 1080 MWe CPR-1000 units. In addition, construction of the Shandong Shidaowan HTR-PM project - a demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor - has also started in Shandong province.

2. Baltiysky Zavod-Shipbuilding - the successor to the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard - will now complete the first floating nuclear reactor vessel for delivery to Rosenergoatom on 9 September 2016. The plant – dubbed the Akademik Lomonosov – will then be put into use in Vilyuchinsk, in the Kamchatka region in Russia's far east.




3. Russian and Chinese officials have signed a protocol on construction of two more reactors for a Chinese nuclear power plant and discussed the possibility of building floating nuclear power plants.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, signed the protocol on construction of the third and fourth units for China's Tianwan nuclear power plant in Moscow on December 6

4. Shandong province has been granted a permit to build a nuclear plant.
The project, located in Shidao Bay, Weihai City,
has been granted a permit from the National Nuclear Safety Administration, according to a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

The plant will be jointly developed and operated by China Huaneng Group, China Nuclear Engineering Corp and Tsinghua University, with an investment ratio of 47.5 percent, 32.5 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

A set of high temperature gas-cooled nuclear power reactors will be built in the first phase with an investment of 3 billion yuan ($478 million).

In the second phase, the plant will house AP1000 reactors with third-generation technology.

Total capacity is expected to reach 9 million kilowatts with a total investment of 150 billion yuan in 20 years.

This is the second nuclear plant in Shandong province. The first one is located in Haiyang.

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