21 Oct 2010 14:15

Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant puts 650-MW reactor into operation

Beijing. October 21. INTERFAX-CHINA -The second phase of the Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant in Zhejiang Province put a 650 megawatt (MW) reactor into operation on Oct. 20, China National Radio reported on the same day.

According to the report, this is the phase's third reactor and is part of an expansion project which is expected to be completed by 2012. The second phase began transmitting its output to the power grid in August.

In all, the second phase will have 4 reactors with a total installed capacity of 2,600 MW and will be capable of generating between 18 billion and 20 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually upon going into full operation, the report said.

Currently, China has 13 reactors in operation and 28 under construction. By 2020, the country intends to increase its installed nuclear power capacity to 40,000 MW, according to the report.