Rosatom engineering division Atomstroyexport and the China National Nuclear Corporation signed contracts for construction of two nuclear power plants and for engineering/design work on two others.
The construction contracts cover Tianwan Units 7 and 8, which involves two VVER-1200 reactors as specified in a 2018 cooperative agreement signed by Russian President Vladamir Putin.
The first four Tianwan NPP reactors are AES-91 VVER-1000 reactors. Units 5 and 6 at the plant (Tianwan Phase III) are Chinese-designed 1080MWe ACPR-1000 reactors, are not yet complete with construction starts in December 2015 and September 2016, respectively. They are expected to begin commercial operations by the end of 2021.
The Xudabao NPP on the coast of the Liaoning Province is not yet operational. It was expected that six Chinese-designed CAP-1000 reactors would be built for the plant, but plans were changed with an initial focus on Westinghouse designed AP1000 reactors for the first two units there (Xudabao Phase I). However, plans changed a second time with Russian-designed reactors the current focus for the plant.
Site work at the Xudabao plant began in 2010. The contract this week included engineering work for Xudabao Units 1 and 2, which are not expected to be commissioned until 2027 and 2028.
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