The China National Nuclear Corporation said this week it had achieved a significant milestone with the completion of first-time fuel loading for Unit 5 at the Tianwan nuclear power plant facility.
The loading was completed on July 9, the CNNC said.
The company called the completion a “landmark moment” for the plant that is located in Lianyungang in East China’s Jiangsu province.
It was also the “first nuclear power unit under construction in the country that entered fuel loading period this year,” CNNC noted.
With fuel loaded, the stage is set for grid connection for the unit at Tianwan, where the No.5 will be in operation along with Units 1-4.
The four units have generated electricity of more than 200 billion kilowatt-hours and the annual emission reductions benefit is equivalent to planting more than 70,000 hectares of forests in the Yangtze River Delta area every year, according to CNNC.
CNNC officials said units 5 and 6 at the plant are currently under construction, in accordance with the highest international and domestic safety standards.
Construction on unit 5 started at the end of December 2015, while unit 6 started construction in September 2016, according to officials.
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