Green Light for Four More Chinese Newbuilds

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over this week's State Council approval of four nuclear newbuilds, bringing to 10 the number of reactors greenlit by Beijing this year. The Sep. 13 approvals were for China National Nuclear Corp’s (CNNC's) Zhangzhou-3 and -4, twin Hualong-One reactors in Fujian, and for State Power Investment Corp's (SPIC's) Lianjiang-1 and -2, twin CAP1000 reactors in Guangdong. Preparatory work on the two 1,212 megawatt reactors at Zhangzhou is already underway, CNNC's Shanghai-listed subsidiary said in a statement. CNNC did not update the status of Zhangzhou-1 and -2, the twin Hualong-Ones respectively under construction since 2019 and 2020, or reveal plans for Zhangzhou-5 and -6. Meanwhile an SPIC official said first concrete is targeted for Lianjiang-1 in June 2023. Lianjiang's twin CAP1000s follow the four CAP1000s approved earlier this year at CNNC's Sanmen-3 and -4 and Haiyang-3 and -4 in Shandong. In that Apr. 20 decision the State Council also greenlit twin Hualong-Ones at China General Nuclear's Lufeng project, the first unit of which (Lufeng-5) began construction last week.

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