China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) announced last week that it had been given the green light to build a prototype small modular reactor (SMR) on the southern island of Hainan, World Nuclear News reports. The National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s main economic regulatory body, formally approved work on the ACP100, or Linglong One reactor, at the Changjiang nuclear power station on the northwest of the island. The Chinese reactor is of the pressurised water type. It will use low-enriched uranium as fuel, and generate around 125MW of electricity or 385MW of thermal energy. The demonstration reactor will be built by the CNNC Hainan Nuclear Power Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNNP, which is itself a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the state-owned company that oversees all China’s civil and military nuclear activities.
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