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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

Nuclear power plants continue to perform to a high standard and growth is strong, with more than 20 new reactors scheduled to be connected before the end of 2020, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising says in the latest edition of the World Nuclear Performance Report. But for the industry to reach the Harmony goal of supplying at least 25% of electricity before 2050, Rising says much greater commitment from policymakers will be required.

Date: Friday, 30 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Policymakers-must-drive-nuclear-further,-report-sa

Nuclear power plants continue to perform to a high standard and growth is strong, with more than 20 new reactors scheduled to be connected before the end of 2020, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising says in the latest edition of the World Nuclear Performance Report. But for the industry to reach the Harmony goal of supplying at least 25% of electricity before 2050, Rising says much greater commitment from policymakers will be required.

Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Policymakers-must-drive-nuclear-further,-report-sa

Policymakers have unreasonably and unfairly overlooked the role of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change, writes Borislav Boev, a PhD student at D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics in Bulgaria.

Date: Monday, 04 March 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Why-we-need-nuclear-power

Nuclear energy has faced serious challenges in recent years because of several factors: competition from low gas prices, subsidised renewables and slow growth in electricity demand in certain markets. But because of several powerful forces we are seeing signs that this year nuclear energy will come roaring back, writes Jarret Adams.

Date: Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Five-reasons-nuclear-energy-will-rebound-in-2018

The United Kingdom remains the strongest contender for new nuclear build in Europe, according both pro and anti-nuclear energy industry sources.

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-remains-strongest-market-for-european-nuclear-build

The Joint Venture to develop new nuclear build at Sellafield, NW England, “NuGen,” has finally been established. Three companies - GDF Suez , Iberdrola and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) – teamed together to buy 190 ha (470 acres) land at Sellafield from the NDA in 2009. The consortium paid an upfront payment of GBP19.5 million, with a further payment of at least GBP50.5 million to follow in the next six years.

Date: Monday, 29 November 2010
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnugen-jv-for-sellafield-new-build-launched

The contractor is required to collect and assess the data needed to support CNSC staff in the development of assessment and review guidance and strategy documents for the construction phase of the three main nuclear power plant designs.

Date: Monday, 28 September 2009
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsregulatory-oversight-of-manufacturing-procurement-installation-for-the-construction-phase-of-a-npp-canada-deadline-9-november-2009