The $7.9bn Honyanhe nuclear power plant in northeast China has commenced operation, and is the first such plant built by the Chinese since the Fukushima disaster.

Beijing had ordered a 20-month ban on new projects, but lifted it in October, enabling completion of the first unit.
China nuclear power plant
It is the first of six 1000 MW CPR 1000 pressurised water reactors to go in at the site in Liaoning province.

With the new plant in operation, China now has 16 working reactors with more than 12 GW of total generating capacity. It is in the middle of a massive expansion programme to boost nuclear capacity to 58 GW by 2020.

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