China begins construction on two new reactors in Hainan

China has begun construction on two new reactor units at the Changjiang nuclear project on the island province of Hainan off the country’s southeast coast, state media reported on Monday following a signing ceremony.

The company in charge, the Huaneng Nuclear Development Corporation, has chosen China’s homegrown third-generation Hualong One reactor technology for the two units, the official China News Service reported. The Changjiang project already has two reactors in operation.

The total investment for the two new units will reach 39.45 billion yuan ($5.64 billion), and they are scheduled to go into operation in 2025 and 2026.

China now has 15 new reactor units under construction, with 47 already in commercial operation.

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