Pre-operational testing has started at unit 2 of the Ningde nuclear power plant in China’s Fujian province. The CPR-1000 pressurized water reactor is expected to begin operation next year.
The hot tests aim to simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor’s systems will be subjected to during normal operation. This important phase ensures coolant circuits and nuclear safety systems are functioning properly before fuel can be loaded.
The tests began at Ningde 2 on 16 August and are expected to take about 45 days to complete. The unit is scheduled to start commercial operation in the second half of 2014.
It is one of four CPR-1000 units being built on the site. Construction of units 1 and 2 started in 2008 and units 3 and 4 started in 2010. Unit 1 began operating in April 2013. All four units will be in operation by 2015.
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