On October 1, Unit 2 of Guangxi Fangchenggang NPP meets conditions for commercial operation, becoming the fifth nuclear power unit to be put into commercial operation by CGN this year. It marks the full completion of the phase-I project of the first Fangchenggang NPP in western China.
Fangchenggang NPP, located in the east of Qisha Peninsula in Fangchenggang City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is the first NPP in western China. It is planned at one time and constructed in batches. The two units of the phase-I project were approved for construction by the State Council of China in July 2010. The first unit was officially put into commercial operation on January 1, 2016.
The two units of Fangchenggang NPP Phase-I project adopt modified PWR CPR1000 technology independently designed by CGN. According to statistics, Fangchenggang NPP phase-I project reaches an overall localization rate of more than 80% for its parts. The Chinese-made nuclear fuel handling and storage system and solid waste treatment system and so forth are used for the first time.
Fangchenggang NPP has designed and set up the emergency command center which is the first to use vibration isolation technology in China, greatly enhancing the NPP’s accident emergency rescue capability. It creates the good achievement that this is the first CPR1000 unit that has zero non-planned shutdown ranging from material loading to commercial operation to joint debugging. It is the first and only project with “double seven-level verification” in quality and safety under the international safety benchmarking assessment of CGN.
It is estimated that after two units of CGN Fangchenggang NPP phase-I project were put into operation, it provides 15 billion kWh of safe, clean, economical power annually for Beibu Gulf Economic Zone. Compared with coal-fired power stations of the same scale, it achieves an annual consumption reduction of 4.82 million tons of standard coal, emission reduction of about 11.86 million tons of carbon dioxide, and emission reduction of about 190,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Its environmental benefits are equivalent to the planting of 32,500 hectares of forests.