07 November 2019
Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Thursday that its TVEL Fuel Company has signed a contract for nuclear fuel supply to the future power units 3 and 4 of Xudapu NPP in China.
The contract was signed with China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation, CNNP Liaoning Nuclear Power and CNNP Suneng Nuclear Power, all three subsidiaries of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the state-owned company said in a press statement
It said the contract includes supplies for the first core as well as for several further refuelling, adding that negotiations were coordinated by Rusatom Overseas.
Two new Russian-design Gen 3+ power units with VVER-1200 reactors would be built at the site of Xudapu NPP in Liaoning province, district Huludao, in China's North-East, according to the statement.
In July, TVEL had signed the fuel supply contract for similar VVER-1200 units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP.
The partnership between Rosatom and CNNC, underpinned by intergovernmental agreements, includes not just fuel supplies to VVER reactors, but also a comprehensive industrial cooperation with manufacturing of Russian-design nuclear fuel in China, the statement quoted Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL as saying.
"TVEL provides technological development for the localisation of VVER fuel manufacturing in the Yibin fuel plant, introduction of longer fuel cycles at China's VVER nuclear power units and helps developing fuel for China's fast neutron reactors," she said.
Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas noted that the company is currently completing Tianwan NPP, Xudapu NPP and CFR-600 fast neutron reactor projects, and is negotiating some new joint projects with its Chinese partners.
TVEL is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants as well as for 76 power reactors in 15 countries, research reactors in eight countries and transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet, according to the statement.
(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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