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China: Nuclear power, yes please

Start of a new nuclear power era: Hualong One.

It was a milestone – even if the world only got to see a picture of a beige control room: At the end of November, the first modern Chinese nuclear reactor went online at the Fuqing nuclear power plant on the East China Sea. Hualong One HPR-1000 is the name of the pressurized water reactor with a capacity of 1150 megawatts (MW). China has “broken the monopoly of foreign nuclear technology”, rejoiced the state-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), which operates the nuclear power plant.

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