On 09 August 2017 NNSA (National Nuclear Safety Administration of China) issued official permit for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor of power unit No 3 of Tianwan NPP. The power unit is being constructed in the Chinese province of Jiangsu with the assistance of ASE Group of Companies. The permission for fuel loading was obtained after a detailed review of the previously developed Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) and three rounds of negotiations with the Chinese regulatory authority.
“The physical start-up stage will commence in the nearest future – the first fuel assembly will be loaded into the reactor”, said Alexey Bannik, JSC ASE EC Director for projects in China. Totally 163 fuel assemblies will be loaded into the reactor. “The completion of fuel loading and performance of all the required commissioning procedures will be followed by reaching the minimum controllable level and the power start up – the connection of power unit 3 of Tianwan NPP to the national power grid of China”, said Alexey Bannik.
“All the works related to designing of power unit 3 of Tianwan NPP were completed by mid 2016. Currently the Russian specialists are engaged in design supervision over the construction of the facility and are monitoring every stage of the coming start-up of unit 3. Before the end of 2017 we are to connect the power unit to the grid, we will continue the works for commissioning of power unit 4”, said Valery Kedrov, deputy director of JSC ATOMPROEKT.
Tianwan NPP is the largest object of the Russian-Chinese economic cooperation. In 2007 the construction of power units 1 and 2, 1000 MW each, was successfully completed, the construction of power units 3 and 4, also with VVER-1000 reactors, is being finalized. The commencement of commercial operation of power unit 3 of Tianwan NPP is planned for 2018.
Cooperation for the construction of Units 3 and 4 of Tianwan NPP is performed under the Protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the construction in China of power units 3 and 4 of Tianwan NPP. The first concrete of power unit 3 was poured on 27 December 2012.
Tianwan NPP is constructed under the Russian design AES-91 with VVER-1000 reactor that is fully compliant with the requirements of modern regulatory and technical documentation of China, the Russian Federation and IAEA. The construction of Tianwan NPP is performed by Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) jointly with Russian company Atomstroyexport.
The first stage of Tianwan NPP, also constructed under the Russian design, comprises two power units with VVER-1000 reactor plants. They were put into commercial operation in 2007. In terms of their main technical features, Tianwan NPP is one of the safest operating nuclear power plants in the world. The radiation safety of the design is confirmed by the experience of operation of modern NPPs with VVER, by the results of experimental studies and calculations.
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АSE Group of Companies was established within the framework of development of Rosatom engineering division, by uniting three leading companies of the industry: JSC ASE EC, JSC “Atomstroyexport”, JSC “Atomenergoproekt” and JSC “ATOMPROEKT”. (JSC ASE EC – Atomstroyexport JSC – Atomenergoproekt JSC – ATOMPROEKT JSC)
ASE is one of the global leaders in nuclear power engineering and holds 30% of the global NPP construction market.
ASE has representative offices, branch offices and operational offices operating in 15 countries around the world, with almost 80% of its portfolio coming from the projects abroad.
Besides the company also provides services in the field of NPP decommissioning, construction of facilities for RAW and SNF management, research reactors, thermal power plants as well as a full range of EPC, EPC(M) and PMC services for any complex engineering assets. ASE company develops and implements an innovative Multi-D project management system in the area of complex engineering objects construction which allows more efficient budget, time frame and quality management.
The company is headed by Valery Limarenko, President of the Company, Doctor of Economics.