Construction began 27 December 2020 on the China Fast Reactor (CFR-600) unit 2 according to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The CFR is a sodium cooled reactor, also known as the Xiapu Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) pilot project, and is being built in Xiapu County, Fujian province. There remains uncertainty about the status of CFR-600 unit 1. It has reportedly been under construction since December 2017, but is not listed by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Power Reactor Information System (IAEA-PRIS) as of 1 January 2021. The construction start of a second CFR-600 is surprising as China so far does not have operational industrial facilities for the reprocessing of spent fuel (the separation of plutonium) and for the fabrication of breeder fuel. However, reportedly, a 200-ton-per-year reprocessing plant is under construction since 2015 and scheduled to start up in 2025. Negotiations with France over the technology transfer of an 800-ton-per-year plant have been ongoing for years, but no binding commercial contract has been signed.
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The first safety-related concrete has been poured for the nuclear island of unit 1 at the San’ao nuclear power plant in Zhejiang province, China General Nuclear (CGN) has announced. A total of six Chinese-designed Hualong One pressurised water reactors are planned for the site.
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