Nuclear plant reactor shut down for maintenance in south China

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A reactor at a nuclear plant in Taishan, south China's Guangdong Province, has been shut down for maintenance due to minor fuel damage, the plant's operator said Friday.

"Taishan Nuclear Power Plant decided to shut down Unit 1 for maintenance, after extensive consultation between French and Chinese technical personnel," China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said in an online statement, adding that "a small amount of fuel damage" occurred during the operation of the reactor.

CGN said that both the plant's units have maintained safe and stable operations for years and that the faulty reactor is under control. 

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said last month there has been an increase in the coolant radioactivity level of the primary circuit in the No. 1 unit due to fuel rod damage, which is a common phenomenon at nuclear plants.

Fully put into commercial use in 2019, the Taishan plant is jointly run by the China General Nuclear Power Corporation, French energy supplier Electricite de France (EDF), and Guangdong Energy Group Co., Ltd., with each unit supporting a capacity of 1.75 million kilowatts.

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