The authorities of the Fujian Province, China, announced the start of the final construction stage of the first “entirely Chinese” nuclear power plant - Hualong-1.
According to the project’s engineers, the Chinese authorities expect that after the construction is over, China will launch export of its nuclear technologies and projects abroad.
The project’s chief engineer told reporters that at that moment a 24-meter integrated cupola was being mounted above the future reactor. Such technology will allow to reduce the likelihood of accidents.
“New shape of a cupola guarantees integrity of a reactor tube, which plays a critical role in radioactivity containment. Alloy used for the cupola construction differs from usual steel plates. It is six time tougher, than the usual steel is, what ensures safety in case of an earthquake,” he said.
Construction of Hualong-1 was launched in May 2015. The project is developed jointly by China National Nuclear Corporation and China General Nuclear Power Group.