China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGNPC) has started the power generation of unit two at the Ningde nuclear power station in Fujian province.
Synchronised to the grid, the unit (Ningde 2), which is claimed to be the country's 20th operational reactor, has started supplying 50MWe of its full rated capacity of 1,020MWe.
The unit will now undergo various operational exercises and further tests to start power generation at full capacity on a full-time basis for the operator CGNPC.
Having been approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in September 2006, the project is owned by CGNPC (46%), China Datang (44%) and Fujian Energy (10%).
The project is being developed in two phases, with phase one comprising four units and phase two including two units. Each CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor (PWR) unit is rated at 1,080MW.
The first unit of the phase one became operational in April 2013, while the remaining units three and four are scheduled to come online in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Construction of the first two units began in November 2008 and are now operational, while construction of units three and four was commenced in January 2010 and September 2010 respectively.
China Nuclear Power Design and China Nuclear Engineering were awarded the main contract for the plant, while Dongfang Electric was awarded the contract to supply the turbine-generator packages for the plant that in turn placed an order with Alstom for supply of the same.
Image: Dome installation at Ningde nuclear power plant unit three. Photo: courtesy of China Nuclear Engineering.