07 June 2012
Construction of the first EPR unit at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has passed another major milestone with the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) being lowered into place.
Taishan 1 and 2 are the first two reactors based on Areva's EPR design to be built in China. The first two EPRs planned for the site form part of an EUR 8 billion contract signed by Areva and the Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC) in November 2007. The Taishan project, 140km west of Hong Kong, is owned by the Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited, a joint venture between France's EDF (30%) and CGNPC.
The RPV - weighing more than 420tns, with a diameter of 5.3m and a height of 10.6m - was successfully installed on 3 June.
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