(MENAFN) China has put a new nuclear power unit into operation in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, using Hualong One, a domestically designed third-generation nuclear reactor. The No.3 unit of the Fangchenggang nuclear power station in the port city of Fangchenggang was launched on Saturday, marking a significant milestone for China's nuclear energy sector. With this development, the China General Nuclear Power Corporation now has 27 nuclear power units in operation, with an installed capacity of more than 30.56 million kW.
Mei Jun, chairman of Guangxi Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., stated that the operation of the No.3 unit further verifies the safety and maturity of the Hualong One technology. This marks an important step towards commercial use of the domestically designed third-generation nuclear reactor, which has been developed as part of China's efforts to achieve energy security and reduce carbon emissions.
The Fangchenggang nuclear power project will have a total of six nuclear power units, with the first two units having become operational in 2016 and generated over 100 billion kWh of electricity. The addition of the No.3 unit, which uses the Hualong One technology, will significantly promote economic and social development and green transformation in Guangxi. The region is building a coastal clean power supply base, and the new nuclear power unit will contribute to meeting the growing demand for electricity in the area.
Mei also noted that each of the second two units, using the Hualong One technology, can produce nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity annually. It is estimated that after the first and second phases of the Fangchenggang nuclear power project are completed, the annual power generation can meet 5.87 million people's annual demand for power while reducing the consumption of standard coal by over 10.4 million tonnes and cutting the carbon dioxide emission by about 28.56 million tonnes every year.
China's push towards nuclear energy is part of a larger effort to reduce carbon emissions and transition towards cleaner forms of energy. The use of domestically designed and developed technology, such as the Hualong One reactor, also reflects China's commitment to achieving energy security and developing its own technological capabilities. The successful operation of the No.3 unit at the Fangchenggang nuclear power station marks an important step towards commercial use of the Hualong One technology and underscores China's continued leadership in the global nuclear energy sector.
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