China has completed the installation of the outer dome of its first overseas “Hualong One” nuclear reactor in Karachi as per the China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC). The project is due to be finished by the end of 2020.
China hopes to make use of its third-generation Hualong One design to enhance its presence in the overseas nuclear power sector. It is planning to build projects in Argentina and Britain.
The measurement of the steel dome is 53 metres in diameter, 23m height, and 366 tonnes weight. China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) announced that it was placed on top of the containment building walls at 8:06 am yesterday.
The Hualong One has a double-layer safety shell design. The inner protective dome and the outer dome protects the rector and it prevents radioactive material released into the environment.
CNNP said, “The successful hosting of the outer safety dome has marked the end of the main structural project of the nuclear power plant, which has created favorable conditions for the overall test and thermal test of the subsequent containment.”
China has developed the Hualong One reactor as a competition to the Westinghouse-developed AP1000 and Europe’s “Evolutionary Pressurised Reactor”.
The first Hualong One reactor in the world will begin operations ahead of its schedule in the southeast Chinese province of Fujian in 2020. CNNC said that its 4 demonstration projects both in China and Pakistan are going on in a systematic manner.
Adding that they “are the only third-generation pressurized water reactor projects in the world that are being constructed on schedule.”