China is to begin construction of the world’s first nuclear plant using the AP1000 technologies at Sanmen Nuclear Power Project (NPP) in Zhejiang Province in March 2009.
“All kinds of preparation work is underway as scheduled,” said Wang Binghua, board chairman of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC).
Sanmen NPP is in southeast Zhejiang Province. It is the world’s first nuclear plant using the AP1000 technologies, considered the third-generation nuclear technology, and the first phase of the project will be put into commercial operation in November 2013.
China now has 11 nuclear power reactors in operation. Among them, three use domestic technologies, two are equipped with Russian technology and four with French technologies, and two are Canadian designed. All the 11 reactors employ second-generation nuclear power technologies.
China recently announced they want 100 Westinghouse AP1000 power plants operating or under construction by 2020. These will produce 200GW of power by 2025.
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