China, 19 May 2021 A ceremony was held in China to mark the start of construction of power units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP and power units 3 and 4 of Xudapu NPP.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping took part in the event by teleconference.
Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev said: “The [already built] power units of Tianwan NPP are now reliably [working for] the benefit of the Chinese people and making a significant contribution to ensuring China’s energy security. So far, the units, which were built with Russia’s participation, have already produced more than 270 billion kilowatt-hours [of power].”
Power units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP and power units 3 and 4 of Xudapu NPP will be equipped with VVER-1200 reactors. The VVER-1200 is Rosatom’s flagship Generation III + PWR-type reactor. Currently, there are five VVER-1200-equipped power units successfully operating in Russia and beyond. Rosatom’s international order book currently comprises 35 power unit projects at various stages of implementation in 12 countries.
Russia and China’s joint nuclear energy project is being implemented as part a series of strategic agreements signed in 2018. The new power units will complement China’s existing nuclear energy capacity to ensure a reliable supply of clean electricity to the country’s grid.