Unit 6 of the China National Nuclear Cooperation’s Fuqing nuclear power plant, the second unit of the Hualong One demonstration project, became ready for commercial operation on March 25, meaning that the Hualong One demonstration project has been completed and put into commercial operation.
This is one of the major achievement in China’s nuclear power development, signaling that the country’s nuclear power technology and comprehensive strength are among the best in the world.
It is also a landmark achievement in CNNC’s commitment to safe and innovative development, helping reaching the peak carbon and carbon neutrality goals, and building a community with a shared future in nuclear energy for mankind.
Hualong One is CNNC’s third-generation pressurized water nuclear reactor with full intellectual property rights and is one of the most widely accepted third-generation nuclear power reactors in the current market. It was developed and designed based on more than 30 years of experience in nuclear power research, design, manufacturing, construction, operation and management. The Hualong One reactor innovatively adopts a 177-core design and uses a combination of passive and active safety systems, meeting the highest international safety standards and being capable of mass production.
Units 5 and 6 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in East China’s Fujian province are the global Hualong One demonstration project. Unit 5 has demonstrated the best performance in the construction of the first third-generation nuclear reactors in the world.
The two units will generate approximately 20 billion kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to reducing standard coal consumption by 6.24 million tons, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 16.32 million tons, or planting more than 140 million trees. This is of great significance for optimizing China’s energy mix, facilitating green and low-carbon development, and achieving the country’s peak carbon and carbon neutrality goals.
Hualong One has also driven the development of more than 5,300 enterprises in the upstream and downstream industry chains, bringing huge economic benefits and opportunities for transformation and upgrading to China’s high-end equipment manufacturing industry.