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# First nuclear unit with Hualong One reactor connected to grid

The conventional island of the No.5 nuclear power unit in Fuqing city, southeast China's Fujian province, Nov. 26, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's first nuclear power unit using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design, was connected to the grid on Nov. 27, 2020. 

Upon connection, Unit 5 of the Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant of the China National Nuclear Corporation started generating electricity in Fuqing city, southeast China's Fujian province.

All the technical indicators of the unit have met the designed requirements and the unit is functioning well, laying a solid foundation for its subsequent commercial operation, said Zhao Hao, the plant's general manager.

He added that the successful connection will help improve the competitiveness of China's nuclear power industry, improve the country's energy mix and promote its low-carbon development.  

Hualong One, one of the world's most advanced nuclear power reactor designs, has a designed lifespan of 60 years. It features 177 reactor cores, which will be replaced every 18 months and meets the highest international safety standards.

At present, a total of six nuclear power units using Hualong One technology are under construction both in China and overseas. 

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