China’s Sanmen-2 nuclear reactor, the third US-designed Westinghouse AP1000 unit to begin operating in the world, has been shut temporarily because of a defect in a reactor coolant pump, which is being replaced, a top Chinese nuclear regulator said Thursday. A replacement reactor coolant pump has been shipped from the US and is expected to arrive at the Sanmen site in the next several weeks, Shirong Zhou of China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration said during the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual conference in Washington. The unit is the third of four US-designed reactors to operate in China. Chinese companies gained ownership of the technology for the design for domestic use as part of a deal to acquire four units from Westinghouse.
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