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Published on : Sep 29, 2015

The Russian Corporation, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has made an offer to China to resume construction activities at Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The offer for help has been extended, in particular for the 5th and 6th energy subdivisions at the power plant. The plant is located in China’s Jiangsu province, as commented by the head of the Russian corporation.

Construction pertaining to the 5th and 6th power units of the plant has not been executed for more than four years, which stands after Fukushima. The head of the Russian corporation said that they have proposed to the Chinese colleagues to finish the project together with the use of advanced reactors. 

So far, the Chinese side of the power plant and CNNC, a Chinese corporation together have invested into construction of the 5th and 6th units. To commence the construction, a pit has been tilled and concrete work has started as well.

At this instance, it is the Chinese side that has to make a decision what runs best for the corporation – which could be either completing the construction on their own if they have access to reliable third generation technologies, as these are the only technologies that can be used in China. Alternately, the Chinese side can continue cooperation with the Russian corporation, employing technologies that their Chinese counterparts are adept at, as commented by the head of the Russian corporation.

 The Russian corporation is anticipating for the decision of the Chinese side, which of course will be taken by the Chinese government.

The construction of the 5th and 6th power units of the Tianwan NPP was frozen after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan in the March of 2011. Initially, nuclear reactors of CNP-1000 grade were planned to be used for the construction.