The pressure valve of a high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTGR) is installed at the Huaneng Shidao Bay nuclear power plant in Shandong province. File photo: Xinhua
Shidaowan Nuclear Power Plant No.2 Reactor in East China’s Shandong Province, which is the world’s first high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) nuclear power plant using a pebble bed module, has reached the critical stage of success, according to reports.
Reactors # 1 and # 2 both achieved normal expected operating conditions. Reactor No.1 is heading for the first connection to the power grid after reaching critical stage in September, said China Huaneng Group Co, the plant operator.
The Shidaowan plant is also the world’s first commercial use of HTGR nuclear power technology, which is considered relatively safe technology among the world’s latest fourth generation nuclear reactors.
Chinese nuclear technology is at the forefront of the world, and this project in Shidaowan is the first in the world and also the only one in practice in China, Lin Boqiang, director of the China Energy Economics Research Center, told the Global Times. from Xiamen University. on Sunday.
Reactor No.1 has completed the necessary tests and is proceeding with subsequent charging, the Huaneng Group said, adding that Reactor No.2 will follow the test path of Reactor No.1, which is to perform further testing.
Lin noted that the technology has export potential, but the specific exploitation or export situation will depend on the ability of the domestic project to achieve stable operations and provide appropriate cost control, adding that the development of its commercial use is also a decisive factor.
Lin pointed out that the same criteria are also applied to Chinese imports of advanced global technology.
Construction of the plant began in 2012 in Rongcheng, Shandong, with an installed capacity of 200,000 kilowatts, according to Huaneng.
The project has broad prospects of commercial application in technologies such as nuclear power generation, and it is an important path to optimize China’s energy structure, ensure the security of energy supply and achieve the the country’s carbon neutrality goal by 2060.