A view of the Daya Bay nuclear power plant in southern China’s Guangdong province File photo: CFP
Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant, China’s first large-scale commercial nuclear power plant located in Shenzhen, southern China’s Guangdong Province, announced a record 10,000 days of safe operation and power supply on Tuesday cumulative 380 billion kilowatt-hours, an important step in the development of the country’s nuclear power plant.
As the first commercial nuclear power plant of its kind built on the Chinese mainland, it set the bar high for the domestic nuclear industry while playing a key role in providing the electricity supply essential for regional economic development and effectively reducing carbon emissions to an unprecedented level.
The plant has played an active role in supplying electricity to the Grande Baie region and in improving the country’s energy structure. Each year, the Daya Bay nuclear power plant supplies more than 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to Hong Kong, which is a quarter of the city’s electricity consumption.
The factory also plays an important role in reducing China’s carbon footprint. On Tuesday, the reduction in carbon emissions generated by the Daya Bay plant was equivalent to planting nearly 900,000 hectares of forest, according to the China General Nuclear Power Group, one of the plant’s operators.
Construction of the plant officially began on August 7, 1987, and Units 1 and 2 entered commercial service on February 1 and May 6, 1994. As the first million kilowatt commercial nuclear power plant on mainland China, its launch marked China’s first step towards nuclear power.
The most important benchmark for the operation of a nuclear power plant is its safety. Since its inauguration, the Daya Bay NPP Operational Safety Index has ranked it among the safest facilities in the world and has achieved the highest score in the World Association of Nuclear Operators’ 2020 benchmark. and the composite index.