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Nuclear fuel loading has commenced at the 4th power unit of Tianwan NPP

Communications Unit of ASE Group of companies, PUBLISHED 31.08.2018

On August 25, 2018 the first fuel assembly was loaded into the core of Tianwan NPP Unit 4 in China.

Today a significant milestone in the construction of Unit 4 of Tianwan NPP was achieved. Fuel loading is the commencement of the units first criticality procedures. Unit 4 will then enter the start-up stage to be connected to the power grid of China, said Alexey Bannik, director for JSC ASE EC projects in China. We are planning to complete all the main stages by the end of the year, in accordance with the schedule.

In total, 163 fuel assemblies (FA) are to be loaded into the reactor. Once the fuel loading and the starting up and adjustment works are complete, the unit will be brought to minimum controllable power level (MCL), followed by the power start-up.

The first stage of Tianwan NPP, Units 1 and 2, have been demonstrating its efficiency for over 10 years. In 2017 the power units generated over 170 million MW/h into the power grid of the country, with the capacity factor of each unit exceeding 90% a record for reactors like these, said Valery Kedrov, deputy director of St. Petersburg designing institute for Tianwan NPP.

Topics: Asia, China


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