Russia expects to take part in building 7th, 8th power blocks at Tianwan NPP

Russia expects that state nuclear concern Rosatom will take part in building the seventh and eighth blocks of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said at a Russian-Chinese forum.

Russia expects that state nuclear concern Rosatom will take part in building the seventh and eighth blocks of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said at a Russian-Chinese forum.

"We anticipate that our Chinese colleagues will invite us to carry out the projects on the seventh and eighth blocks," Yanovsky said.

Rosatom is currently building the third and fourth blocks at Tianwan and is discussing opportunities to build another four blocks.

Rosatom's Atomstroyexport signed the general contract on construction of the second phase at Tianwan with Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation in 2010. The contract entered force in the fall of 2011. The contract provides for Atomstroyexport to build the third and fourth blocks, each equipped with a VVER-1000 reactor with design capacity equal to 1,060 megawatts.

Rosatom and China's Atomic Energy Authority discussed the possibility of building another four units (Nos. 5-8) at Tianwan NPP at a meeting of the Russian-Chinese subcommittee on nuclear issues in September, 2013. They also considered new possible projects at other nuclear power plants in China with VVER reactors, with two BN-800 fast breeder reactors, floating nuclear power plants and other issues.

Russia has already put the first phase of the plant, the first and second units, into operation. Construction began on the third unit at the end of 2012 and on the fourth unit in September 2013. Phase II is scheduled for commissioning in late 2017.

Last month Rosatom received an offer to build a new nuclear power plant in China, the first to be located on the Chinese mainland, Rosatom's capital investment director Gennady Sakharov told reporters. The new offer will most likely involve construction of two power units in Harbin, he said.

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