Northeast China Has Nuclear Power
The first nuclear plant in Northeast China has started operating.
The Hongyanhe nuclear power plant, 68 miles from the port of Dalian, is the first new nuclear power plant to come online in China since Japan’s March 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
The first unit at Hongyanhe began operating Sunday as part of the $7.96 billion first phase of the project, which will include four power-generation units. Construction started in 2007 and is expected to be completed by year-end 2015, state-run Xinhua news agency reports.
When complete, the four units will generate 30 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, accounting for 16 percent of the electricity consumed in 2012 in Liaoning province.
Construction of Phase Two of the project, which includes two power generation units to be built with an additional investment of $4 billion, started in May 2010. Completion is slated for year-end 2016.
When fully completed, the plant will generate 45 billion kilowatts of electricity.
As of mid-2012, China had 15 operating reactors and 30 reactors with more than 33 gigawatts of capacity under construction, equal to about half of the global nuclear power capacity being built, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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