Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Russian Pressurized Nuclear Reactor to Be Running in China by 2004
One of the two Russian nuclear reactors to be built for a Chinese power station will be running by 2004. The most important equipment, including the main body of the reactor, will be assembled next February for the plant at Tianwan. The cost of each 1,000-megawatt reactor is estimated at US$3 million (3.3 million euros).
One of two Russian nuclear reactors to be built for a Chinese power station which will be up and running by 2004, the plant's chief engineer, Jiangsu Hua Mingchuan, told a Russian news agency Tuesday.
Reactor to be assembled next February
The most important equipment, including the main body of the reactor, will be assembled next February for the plant at Tianwan, Jiangsu confirmed to Interfax.
Russian pressurized water reactor satisfactory
"China is entirely satisfied with the Russian pressurized water reactor which Russia is going to install in the power station", Jiangsu said, adding that the safety measures used for these reactors were better than the safety regulations for reactors currently in use in China.
The cost of each 1,000-megawatt reactor is estimated at US$3 million (3.3 million euros).
Russia began the project in October 1999, and hopes to sell two other reactors to Beijing, as soon as China outlines its nuclear priorities in its next five-year plan.
Largest cooperative project between the two countries
Tianwan Nuclear Power Station is the largest cooperative project between the two countries. The first phase construction of the power project started in October 1999 and is scheduled to finish in 2004.
The first phase of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Station has two nuclear power generating units with a designed capacity of 1.06 million kilowatts.
Chinese and Russian technicians started to install the reactor containment for the No. 1 nuclear island of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Station in the port city of Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu Province on November 14. The move marks the beginning of the project's equipment installment from civil engineers.
China now has four nuclear power projects under construction. The other three are the second and third phases of the Qinshan Nuclear Power Station in east China's Zhejiang Province and the Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station in south China's Guangdong Province.