Chinese CPR-1000 nuclear reactor generates power for first time

China’s first domestic CPR-1000 nuclear power plant, unit 1 of Ling Ao Phase II, was connected to the grid at 3:38 pm on 15 July 2010, becoming China’s twelfth commercial reactor to generate power.

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) expects commercial operation of the unit to begin in October 2010, less than five years after the first concrete was poured in December 2005. Ling Ao II, unit 2, under construction at the same site in Guangdong province, is due to begin hot testing and power generation in June 2011.

The CPR-1000 is a Generation II+, 1080 MW pressurized water reactor, based on a French three-loop design. Over 60 design improvements have been made by the Chinese, including modifications to the control room, fuel and the introduction of half-speed turbo-generators, which are supplied by Alstom.

However, Areva retains intellectual property rights for the CPR-1000, which constrains overseas sales. To sell abroad the Chinese would need agreement from Areva on a case-by-case basis, which seems unlikely as the CPR-1000 could be in competition with the joint Areva/Mitsubishi Heaby Industries ATMEA 1 design.

Vietnam announces ambitious plans to build 15 GW of nuclear power by 2030

Vietnam plans to have 13 nuclear reactors online by 2030, with a combined capacity of 15 GW.

According to a development plan approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, nuclear power will account for 10 per cent of the country’s total generation capacity. The reactors will be built in eight locations in the central provinces of Ninh Thuan, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Ha Tinh and Quang Ngai.

The first reactor, with a capacity of 1000 MW, is scheduled to be operational by 2020, and the second by 2021.

Bangladesh to build 1350 MW coal plant

Bangladesh is to build a $1bn, 1350 MW coal fired power plant in the city of Chittagong.

The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the plant would be an independent power producer (IPP) project, which would be the first of its kind in the country.

Bangladesh is also set to build a 1350 MW coal plant in Khulna near the Mongla seaport under a joint venture between the Power Development Board (PDB) and India’s state-owned utility NTPC.

Siemens awarded contracts to build two combined-cycle power plants in India

Siemens Energy Sector has been awarded contracts for the turnkey construction of two combined-cycle power plants, including long-term service agreements in India.

Siemens will erect the DGEN power plant on behalf of Torrent Energy Limited, in the port sity of Dahej on the southwest coast of the state of Gujarat. The DGEN power plant will comprise three combined-cycle units and have a total installed capacity of 1200 MW.

The UNOSUGEN plant, which will have an installed capacity of approximately 400 MW, will be built in the vicinity of the city of Surat also in the state of Gujarat. The operator of the plant will be Torrent Power Limited.

In addition, Siemens will also supply the main components for the two plants ” four SGT5-4000F gas turbines, four SST5-5000 steam turbines, four hydrogen cooled generators, and the entire electrical systems, as well as the SPPA-T3000 instrumentation & control system.

Egat wants ASEAN power pool to ease supply shortages

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is discussing a pooled power facility and generation grid with other ASEAN members.

“If this region can develop a power facility through a single system, it could maximize utilization and save investment costs of $788m for 15 future power projects across the region,” said Suthep Chimklai, director of the system planning division of Egat.

According to an Egat report, demand in the region will peak at 213 804 MW in 2025, but that would fall to 189 098 MW if power supplies could be pooled.

New Zealand launches emissions trading scheme

New Zealand has launched an emissions trading scheme (ETS).

The scheme would reduce New Zealand’s emissions by 19m tonnes by 2012, the government says, and drive investment in renewable electricity, forestry and energy efficiency.

Under the plan, companies would trade carbon credits, which are referred to as ‘New Zealand Units’.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said her government intends to review plans for a carbon trading system in 2012.




Cambodia: Financing for a $412m hydropower plant to be built in Koh Kong province has been agreed. The 338 MW plant is to be built and owned by affiliates of China’s Huadian Power International Corporation by 2014.

China: Four Westinghouse AP1000 reactors are officially under construction in China after the pouring of the first concrete for Haiyang 2. The forthcoming reactor joins another AP1000 project at Haiyang as well as another two at Sanmen.

India: Essar Power Jharkhand (EPJL) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Bihar State Electricity Board for 450 MW of contracted capacity from the 1200 MW Tori I coal fired power project to be located in Latehar district. EPJL will supply power at a levellized tariff of INR2.64 per kWh ($0.06 per kWh).

India: Tata Power is to test a roof mountable 2 kWh wind micro-turbine. The wind turbine would have the capacity to power a small home for an entire day, claims Tata.

Laos: China Southern Power Grid has reached agreements with the government of Laos to build a national power grid and a hydropower project in the country.

Philippines: Aboitiz Power and its partners at Steag State Power have inked an agreement to put up a 150 MW coal unit for the latter’s power plant in Misamis Oriental. The unit will form the third unit of the 232 MW coal facility, located within the Phividec Industrial Estate.

Thailand: Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Thai National Power as owner’s engineer for TNP2, a 110 MW gas fired cogeneration project in Rayong. The plant, which will be operational in 2012, is estimated to cost THB4400m ($136m).

Thailand: Poyry has been awarded an owner’s engineering services contract by Amata B Grimm Power 3 Limited for a new gas fired combined-cycle cogeneration plant in Cholburi Province. The value of the assignment is the region of €2.2m ($2.8m).

Vietnam: Work on the $2.1bn Thai Binh Power Centre, with a coal fired capacity of 1800 MW is slated to start by December of this year. The project includes two power plants: Thai Binh 1 (2 àƒ– 300 MW) with EVN and Thai Binh 2 (2 àƒ– 600 MW) with PetroVietnam Power Corporation.

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