China Closes Down Taishan Nuclear Reactor for “Maintenance”

China has shut down the Taishan nuclear reactor for “maintenance” because of alleged minor fuel damage.

China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has only switched off the new-generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Taishan in Guangdong province today despite being warned by the French Plant Co-Owner Framatome. 

“After lengthy conversations between French and Chinese technical personnel, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant … decided to shut down Unit 1 for maintenance,” said CGN.

Last month, the Chinese government confirmed the damage to the fuel rods at the Taishan unit, but said it was a just “common” problem while last week, they claimed that the situation was under control. 

CGN said their engineers would now “find the cause of fuel damage and replace the damaged fuel,” but did not state how or if the damage can cause further dangers. 

CGN added that the damage to the fuel was “inevitable” due to factors including fuel manufacturing and transport.


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