May 6, 2011 / 3:37 AM / 8 years ago

China to start 1 GW nuclear reactor in June

BEIJING, May 6 (Reuters) - China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group will start commercial operations of a 1-gigawatt nuclear power reactor on June 15, the company said on Friday.

It is the second reactor of the second phase project at Ling Ao Nuclear Power Station in the southern province of Guangdong. The first reactor was brought on line last September.

The reactor was also the second 1-gigawatt reactor built using China’s CPR1000 technology, the company said on its website (www.cgnpc.com.cn).

Before Japan’s biggest earthquake and tsunami in March devastated the country’s northeastern coast and left an aging nuclear complex on the verge of a catastrophic meltdown, China was planning to double its original 40-gigawatt capacity target for 2020, which was set four years ago.

It has since promised to “adjust and improve” its nuclear development strategy, and has said it will not approve any new projects until the completion of nationwide safety checks into existing plants and construction sites.

Last month, an official of Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp said the authorities could decide to stop approving “second-generation” nuclear reactors as it reassesses long-term plans for the sector after the disaster in Japan. [ID:nL3E7FD1GD] (Reporting by Judy Hua and Tom Miles; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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