The China National Nuclear Corporation said this week that it had completed a 50 MWe net upgrade of the country's oldest domestic nuclear power plant to 350 MWe, calling the engineering work an "important reference ... for the power enhancement of subsequent power stations." The upgrade approach at the Qinshan plant was the country's first completed upgrade, the World Nuclear Association said.
The upgrade "plays an exemplary role ion the life management of domestic nuclear power plants," the company said, noting they had withheld the announcement until the pressurized water reactor had completed 168 hours of "safe and stable"" operations.
Considered a reactor of domestic design, the Qinshan 1, reactor was brought online in 1991.
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