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Hongyanhe nuclear power starts test operation in NE China

Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2013 shows the second unit of the Hongyanhe nuclear power station at Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. in Wafangdian of Dalian City, northeast China's Liaoning Province. The Hongyanhe nuclear power station, the first nuclear power plant and largest energy project in northeast China, started test operation on Feb. 17, 2013, indicating that the nuclear power has the ability to generate electricity. The station, near costal city Dalian in Liaoning Province, is the first new nuclear power plant to come online in China since Japan's March 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Construction on the first phase of the project, which features four power generation units to be built at a cost of 50 billion yuan (7.96 billion U.S. dollars), began in 2007 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The four units will generate 30 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) of electricity annually by then, accounting for 16 percent of the total electricity consumption in 2012 in Liaoning Province. Construction on the second phase of the project, which features two power generation units to be built with an investment of 25 billion yuan, started in May 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The power plant will generate 45 billion kwh of electricity after it is fully completed in 2016. The plant's construction is highly localized, with more than 80 percent of the parts and components it features being produced locally. It is also the first Chinese nuclear power plant to use seawater desalination technology to provide cooling water. As the world's largest energy consumer, China is seeking to more than triple its nuclear power capacity to 40 million kilowatts in 2015 from 12.54 million kilowatts at the end of 2011, according to a government white paper released last year. (Xinhua/Yang Qing)

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