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Following a demonstration run lasting 168 hours, unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province entered commercial operation on 30 January, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced. The unit is the first of two demonstration Hualong One reactors at the site and is the world's first Hualong One to be commissioned. Unit 6 is scheduled to begin operation by the end of this year.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Hualong-One-begins-commercial-operation

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

Pakistan on 28 November began loading fuel into the Chinese-built Hualong One reactor at unit 2 of the Karachi NPP ready for testing in run-up to its commercial operation in April 2021, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-loading-begins-at-karachi-2-8391503

A ceremony has been held to mark the final official acceptance of unit 4 at the Chashma nuclear power plant in Pakistan's Punjab province. Constructed by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the unit is China's fourth overseas nuclear power unit.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Pakistans-Chashma-4-officially-accepted

Unit 2 at Pakistan’s Karachi Nuclear Power Plant has completed hot functional tests, according to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), which is constructing two units (2&3) at the plant.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshot-testing-completed-at-pakistans-karachi-2-8128090

Milestones achieved within a recent two-week period demonstrate what nuclear technology is all about, what it is doing and can do for humanity, Agneta Rising, World Nuclear Association director general, said ahead of the Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Worlds-of-possibilities-with-nuclear-techno

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual nuclear power status data for 2019 collected by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) and issued its Safeguards Statement for 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-on-nuclear-plant-operation-and-safeguards-7999314

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) applied nuclear safeguards in 183 states worldwide last year, according to its Safeguards Statement for 2019. IAEA safeguards are a series of technical measures that provide the international community with confidence that nuclear material is used for peaceful purposes and not to produce nuclear weapons.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reports-on-safeguards-activities-in-2019

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced that installation of all reactor internals at unit 3 of the Karachi nuclear power plant in Pakistan had been completed on 4 April.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-completes-installation-of-reactor-internals-at-karachi-3-in-pakistan-7871209

The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020