Work gets under way on nuclear power plant
By Liang Qiwen (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-16 06:04
SHENZHEN: Construction got under way yesterday on the country's first 1,000
megawatt-level, domestic-built nuclear power plant in the city in South China's
The cornerstone-laying ceremony for Ling'ao II was led by Zeng Peiyan, the
vice-premier of the State Council, and Zhang Dejiang, secretary of Guangdong
Committee of Communist Party of China.
According to sources of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co Ltd (CGNPC),
the Ling'ao II project will feature two generating units, each with an installed
production capacity of 1,000 megawatts. The first unit is scheduled to start
operating in December 2010 and the second in August 2011.
They will generate a total of 150 billion kilowatt hours every year.
Chinese companies have taken a larger role in the power plant's construction
than in previous nuclear projects, according to CGNPC.
Ling'ao II is based on China-reformed pressurized water reactor technology.
CGNPC spent more than 20 years to develop the technology, which is derived from
Ling'ao II, one of the key projects of the National 10th Five-year Plan
(2001-05), is the third commercial nuclear power plant in Guangdong, where
China's first - Daya Bay nuclear power plant - began operation in 1991.
It will be become the country's seventh in total. Another four are in
Qinshan, East China's Zhejiang Province.
The new plant will be adjacent to the site of Daya Bay nuclear power plant.
Ling'ao I project began commercial operation in 2003, with two 990-megawatt
Guangdong is also speeding up preparations for construction of another
nuclear power plant in Yangjiang, a western coastal city. Construction of the
nuclear reactor of that plant will officially begin by the end of 2006,
according to CGNPC.
(China Daily 12/16/2005 page3)