October 5, 2022

China launches mass production of its Hualong-1 nuclear power plants

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China’s self-developed third-generation Hualong-1 nuclear power plant entered the mass production stage after the plant’s first commercial operation in January last year.

Two new Hualong-1 units are under construction at the Changjiang nuclear power plant in China’s southern island province of Hainan, where some 30% of energy is created by nuclear power.

A nighttime view of a Hualong-1 construction site at the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant. /Photo courtesy of Hainan Nuclear Power

A nighttime view of a Hualong-1 construction site at the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant. /Photo courtesy of Hainan Nuclear Power

More than 9,000 workers and 1,000 executives work on the site, according to the builders.

“We hope the new units of Changjiang Power Station can be connected to the grid as soon as possible,” said Zhang Daqian, a senior engineer with China’s Nuclear Industry 22nd Construction Company.

Constructors of the Changjiang nuclear power plant. /CGTN

Constructors of the Changjiang nuclear power plant. /CGTN

The construction project in Changjiang is proceeding smoothly, thanks to the experience gained from the Hualong-1 demonstration project, and the large dome of one of the two power units will be installed next year, according to schedule.

The third generation of Hualong-1 technology adopts several new safety measures to prevent accidents. And for new units, Chinese engineers have already adopted 86 optimization schemes to improve demonstration projects.

“For example, we will use thermal plasma technology to incinerate waste, such as protective equipment. The waste volume can be reduced by a factor of more than 50,” said Chen Jianxin, chief engineer at Hainan Nuclear Power.

“If there are 200 tons of this waste, we could save more than ten million yuan,” he said.

Chen Jianxin, chief engineer at Hainan Nuclear Power, talks to CGTN.

Chen Jianxin, chief engineer at Hainan Nuclear Power, talks to CGTN.

The chief engineer says the power unit will focus more on passive safety measures and make them easier to use.

Project leaders say the safe and comprehensive use of green energy sources, such as nuclear, wind and solar power, will help achieve carbon neutrality goals and better protect the environment.