The first concrete has been poured at the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong province, China, marking the official start of construction for the site's second EPR unit.
|Construction is now officially underway of Taishan unit 2
A ceremony on 15 April saw the first concrete being poured to form the foundation of the unit's reactor buildings. Eventually, more than 9000 cubic meters of concrete will be used in the foundations, according to China Guangdong Nuclear Power Co (CGNPC).
According to construction arrangements, the civil engineering works for the nuclear island of Taishan unit 2 will be carried out by China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Co Ltd, a unit of the China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC).
Areva is constructing two 1650 MWe EPRs at Taishan under contracts signed in November 2007. The units are modelled on the EPR currently being built at Flamanville in France. Construction of Taishan 1 began in October 2009 and earlier this month the initial section of the steel liner of its reactor building was lifted into place. The Taishan units are scheduled to start up in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Electricité de France (EdF) and CGNPC have created a joint venture - Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co Ltd (TNPC) - to co-own and operate the two Taishan reactors. EdF holds 30% of the joint venture company.
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