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China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement, which CEEC said would significantly enhance its ability to develop and further explore new markets.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinese-firms-agree-on-strategic-cooperation-framework-7598125

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement, CEEC has told the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The document was signed in Beijing on 7 January by Wu Yun, deputy general manager of CEEC, and Li Qingtang, deputy general manager of CNNC.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNNC-CEEC-form-partnership-for-nuclear-projects

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement, CEEC has told the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The document was signed in Beijing on 7 January by Wu Yun, deputy general manager of CEEC, and Li Qingtang, deputy general manager of CNNC.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNNC-CEEC-form-partnership-for-nuclear-projects

China’s Shandong Nuclear Power Company (SDNPC), a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), which owns the Haiyang nuclear plant in Shandong province, announced that the demonstration district heating system was put into operation in mid November. Haiyang's two AP1000 units will initially provide heating to 700,000 square metres of housing.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-nuclear-heating-project-begins-operation-7527361

Major systems testing is now underway at Georgia Power's Vogtle nuclear plant expansion project, the utility announced in a statement, 25 November.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopen-vessel-testing-begins-at-vogtle-4-7527458

Installation of the final containment ring on Unit 4 at Vogtle. Photo courtesy Georgia Power. The expansion of the Vogtle nuclear power station in the US state of Georgia is not likely to meet its current construction deadlines, according to Georgia Public Service Commission staff analysis quoted in press reports.

The two Westinghouse AP1000 units under construction at Vogtle are the only commercial nuclear power plant under construction in the US. The project is at nearly double its original budget and five years behind schedule.

The company set a new baseline schedule last spring, which commission staff is calling over-aggressive and unachievable.

That schedule features a completion date range of May to November 2021 for Unit 3 and May to November 2022 for Unit 4. Commission staff consultant Don Grace said the May dates “cannot be achieved,” and that “unless performance improves significantly,” the November dates “are significantly challenged.”

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/project-unlikely-to-meet-current-deadlines-commission-staff-says-11-1-2019

Work on the two-unit Vogtle nuclear station construction project in the US state of Georgia is on schedule to meet revised targets of commercial operation in November 2021 and November 2022, Stephen Kuczynski, president of Southern Nuclear, said.

Mr Kuczynski told a Public Service Commission hearing on Tuesday that he is optimistic the project will be completed on time.

“We continue to work to our aggressive schedule. We feel that is still achievable,” Mr Kuczynski said. “It is a challenge, but achievable.”

Both units were supposed to be up and running by now, but Georgia Power and state regulators agreed to a new deadline, to have Unit 3 in operation in November 2021, and Unit 4 in November 2022.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/work-on-schedule-to-meet-revised-targets-says-southern-nuclear-11-3-2019

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said first concrete had been poured on 16 October, marking the start of construction of the first unit at the Zhangzhou NPP in China's Fujian province. Construction licences, valid for 10 years, had been issued for the Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors at Zhangzhou 1 and 2 on 9 October. Previously, approvals had been given for Zhangzhou Phase I, comprising two AP1000 units with construction expected to start in May 2017.

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-concrete-for-chinas-zhangzhou-1-7467786

Construction of the first unit at the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has started, one week after the issuance of a construction licence for the Hualong One reactor, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced.

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-starts-on-first-Zhangzhou-unit

Construction licences have been issued for units 1 and 2 of the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province. The units were originally planned to be based on Westinghouse's AP1000 design, but will now feature domestically-designed Hualong One reactors.

China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the construction licences on 9 October to CNNC-Guodian Zhangzhou Energy Company, the owner of Zhangzhou nuclear power project which was created by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) (51%) and China Guodian Corporation (49%) in 2011. The licences are valid for 10 years.

The ministry said the submitted application documents complied with relevant national laws and nuclear safety regulations. It said the design principles and nuclear safety related activities at the Zhangzhou plant "meet the basic requirements of China's nuclear safety regulations, and the construction conditions are already in place".

The ministry has organised and supervised inspections of the on-site preparation of the nuclear island of Zhangzhou unit 1. It said the pouring of first concrete can take place once proposed "rectification requirements" have been completed and approved by the regulator.

"At present, your company is implementing rectification as required," the ministry said. "At the same time, the first tank of concrete of unit 2's nuclear island foundation is set as the control point." Once on-site preparation work for that unit's foundation has been inspected and approved, first concrete pouring can proceed, it said.

In May 2014, the local government gave approval for Phase I of the Zhangzhou plant, comprising two AP1000 units. The National Nuclear Safety Administration gave approval in December 2015 for the AP1000 units and confirmed site selection in October 2016. Construction of Phase I had originally been expected to start in May 2017. However, CNNC subsequently decided to use the Hualong One design instead. Two more Hualong One are planned for Phase II of the plant and a further two proposed for Phase III.

In late-2016, Germany's KSB Group was awarded a contract for six reactor coolant pumps for Zhangzhou 1 and 2, to be delivered in 2020 and 2021. In mid-2017, China Nuclear Industry No24 Construction Company won the contract for the nuclear island civil engineering. In February 2019, CNNC subsidiary China National Nuclear Power released its environmental impact assessment for public comment.

Hualong One reactors are currently under construction at Fuqing and Fangchenggang. Fuqing 5 and 6 are expected to start up in 2019 and 2020, as are Fangchenggang 3 and 4. The Hualong One promoted on the international market is called the HPR1000, two of which are under construction at Karachi in Pakistan.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Permits-issued-for-construction-of-new-Chinese-pla