|Two 1,060MW Russian AES-91 PWR units was put into commercial operation on May 12 in the Tianwan nuclear power plant, a Sino-Russian cooperation project with a total investment of 26.5 billion yuan (US$3.31 billion), the plant is based in Lianyungang, a port city in east China's Jiangsu Province and started construction in October 1999. (newsphoto)|
BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) -- China's largest nuclear
power generator has been connected to the national power grid, the China
National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced Saturday.
The trial launch of the No.1 generator of Tianwan
Nuclear Station in Lianyungang City, east China's Jiangsu Province, marked the
success of the largest cooperation project between China and Russia.
The generator is expected to go into commercial
operation at the end of this year. The No.2 generator has been completed and is
expected to begin generating power later this year. Both have an installed
capacity of 1.06 million kilowatts.
In this sense, the two generators at Tianwan will raise the installed capacity by 2.12 million kilowatts in the east China area, which boasts the fastest economic growth in the country.
When the two generators go into commercial operation,
they are expected to boost China's nuclear power capacity by 30 percent from the
current 7 million kilowatts to more than 9.1 million kilowatts, said a CNNC
The construction of Tianwan Nuclear Power Station
began in 1999, costing 26.5 billion yuan (3.3 billion U.S. dollars). The two
generators feature Russian pressurized-water technology.
The connection of the No.1 generator to the power
grid demonstrated the strategic partnership between China and Russia, said
Sergei Razov, Russia's ambassador to China.
The advanced technology is said to be more secure
than most pressurized-water facilities.
In additional to traditional energy resources, the
Chinese government is relying more on nuclear power to cope with the rising
energy demand of its booming economy.
In its 11th Five-Year Plan for economic and social development from 2006 to 2010, the Chinese government opted for a "positive" nuclear power development strategy. In a longer plan, nuclear capacity will reach 40 million kilowatts by 2020, or four percent of the total national capacity.
Tianwan plant gate (newsphoto)
Excluding the two in Tianwan, China has nine nuclear
generators in commercial operation with a total capacity of 7 million kilowatts,
but the potential for growth is attracting international firms such as
U.S.-based Westinghouse, France's Areva and Russia's AtomStroyExport (ASE).
Razov said that the two new generators are a sound
basis for Russia to participate in more projects in China.
The No.3 and No.4 generators at Tianwan are still out
to tenderas part of the second phase of the station.
Safety is the chief principle for Tianwan Nuclear
Power Station, said an official with the CNNC. Enditem