On 18 August 2017 the first fuel assembly was loaded at power
unit No.3 of the second part of construction stage of Tianwan NPP in China.
“The first fuel assembly has been successfully loaded at 11:00
pm (06:00 pm Moscow time) to the reactor of the third power unit of Tianwan
NPP” – stated Andrey Lebedev, the Vice-President for the South Asia Projects of
JSC ASE EC. - Therefore, a physical start-up of the unit has been started ahead
schedule”. According to Andrey Lebedev, connection of power unit No.3 to the
national grid of the Eastern China region is planned to be realized by the end
of this year.
The second stage of Tianwan NPP (power units 3 and 4) is being
constructed in association with ASE Group of Companies. Totally 163 fuel
assemblies are to be loaded in the reactor. Upon completion of the fuel loading
and carrying out of all necessary start-up and commissioning activities,
bringing to the minimum controllable power level (MCL) is to come and further
on - the power start-up.
“A milestone event in the second construction stage of Tianwan
NPP has occurred - said Mr. V. Limarenko, President of ASE Group of companies.
- the physical start-up of power unit No.3 of the plant has been started. It is
meaningful that the first two units constructed by us in cooperation with
Chinese colleagues are admitted to be the best in the country. On Tianwan site
we implement our advanced developments and technologies in the field of nuclear
power engineering and construction management. We hope that the second
construction stage of Tianwan NPP will efficiently serve the Chinese people,
strengthening cooperation between our countries”.
Tianwan NPP is the largest facility of the Russian-Chinese
economic cooperation. Start-up of the first stage of Tianwan NPP (power units
1, 2) was held in 2007. These first two units annually generate above 15
billion KW/hour of electric power. The commercial operation of power unit No.3
of Tianwan NPP is planned for 2018.
Reference about the project:
The cooperation on construction of power units 3 and 4 of
Tianwan NPP is based on the Protocol between the Government of the Russian
Federation and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the
cooperation in construction of power units 3 and 4 of Tianwan nuclear power
plant on the territory of the People’s Republic of China. “First concrete” at
power unit No.3 was held in December 27, 2012.
As a basis of Tianwan NPP construction, the Russian project
AES-91 with reactor type VVER-1000 is taken, which fully meets the requirements
of up-to-date regulatory and technical documents of the Russian Federation, China,
and IAEA. Construction of Tianwan nuclear power plant is being carried out by
Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC) in cooperation with Russian company
Reference about the company:
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 -
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 use of
budget, compliance of time frames and quality management.
The company is headed by Valery Limarenko, President of the
Company, Doctor of Economics.