China: Huaneng Enters Nuclear With Big Transition Plans

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China’s second largest generator, the China Huaneng Group, is poised to join the country’s exclusive nuclear club in 2022, with its first nuclear project — a 200-megawatt (MW) twin-unit Shidao Bay HTR demonstration reactor in Shandong province — already connected to the grid and set to start commercial operations before year-end. The company’s nuclear ambitions do not stop at demo-sized projects: Huaneng has circled at least three coastal sites in the provinces of Shandong (Shidao Bay), Hainan (Changjiang) and Fujian (Xiapu) for housing giga-sized reactors, some of which are either under construction, or have received preliminary approvals from Beijing for project listing.

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