China has shut down a nuclear reactor for “maintenance” because of what it said was minor fuel damage, after an increase in radiation levels prompted warnings from its French designers of an “imminent radiological threat”. The authorities switched off the new-generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Taishan in Guangdong province today, more than a month after saying minor fuel rod damage had led to the “common phenomenon” of a build-up of radioactive gases that were no cause for concern. “After lengthy conversations between French and Chinese technical personnel, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant decided to shut down Unit 1 for maintenance,” China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said. It added that it was putting safety first and wanted to be “conservative in decision making”.
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Taishan EPR incident in China: reactor finally shut down. The Chinese authorities had reported on June 14 an incident at the site’s number 1 reactor, located in the south of the country, while ruling out any danger.
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The Chinese operator CGN will finally “shut down for maintenance” the reactor involved in the incident at the Taishan EPR nuclear power plant in China, for which EDF provided the technology.
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China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), which operates the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong with French partner EDF, said on Friday it would shut down one of the reactors at the facility for maintenance as it investigated fuel damage. CGN, which owns 70% of the joint venture, said in a statement on Friday that after consultations between Chinese and French technical experts the decision had been taken to shut the reactor. It said the unit was safe, under control, and evacuation had started. “At present, a small amount of fuel damage has occurred during the operation of Unit 1, but it is still within the allowable range of technical specifications, and the unit can continue to operate stably,” it said in a statement. Engineers would now seek to locate the cause of the fuel damage and replace the damaged fuel, CGN said.
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