28 Feb 2002 – The first generator with the Ling’ao Nuclear Power Plant near Shenzhen City of Guangdong Province went on stream Tuesday evening, 48 days ahead of schedule, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.
Liu Jinhua, general manager of the Ling’ao Nuclear Power Co. Ltd, said that the generator, with an installed capacity of 1m kW, would be put into commercial operation between late May or early June, one and a half months ahead of the schedule.
Ling’ao is the second largest commercial nuclear power plant that is being built in Guangdong, following the one on Daya Bay.
According to the construction plan, four nuclear generators with a combined generating capacity of one million kW, will be installed at the plant. For the first phase of construction, two nuclear generators will be installed at the plant at a cost of $4bn.
The first and second nuclear generators will start commercial operation in July 2002 and March 2003. The electricity generated will be brought into the local power grid in Guangdong Province, one of the country’s economic powerhouses.
According to Liu, Ling’ao Nuke Plant will be able to generate 3.2bn kW/hours of electricity this year, which will be a boon to the energy-deficient Shenzhen City, one of China’s key processing trade bases.
At present, four nuclear power projects are being built in China. The other three are the second and third phases of the Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant in east China’s Zhejiang Province, and the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, a Sino-Russian joint venture, near Lianyungang Port on China’s east coast.