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China’s first homegrown advanced nuclear reactor – China’s latest business and technology news

Xinhua reports that “China’s first pilot nuclear power project using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design,” will have its containment dome installed in the next two days. Third-generation nuclear technology is state-of-the-art, and is safer and more efficient than 20th-century “second-generation” nuclear power. China is nearing completion of several plants that use imported advanced reactors from Westinghouse, an American firm owned by Japan’s Toshiba, but the Hualong One is the first domestically built advanced reactor.

China has a relatively loose regulatory environment for nuclear power, which may enable rapid development of the domestic industry. The new dome installation, at a site in Fuqing, in southeast China’s Fujian Province, will mark approximately the middle of construction on the homegrown nuclear reactor — concrete pouring for the plant began in May 2015, and it is expected to be operational by 2019.

If the reactor is successfully completed and deployed, it might become an officially recognized project of national pride, included in rosters such as this China Daily list of “China’s major tech breakthroughs,” which are:

  • The Jiaolong manned deep-sea research submersible’s dive into the Mariana Trench
  • Mining combustible ice in the South China Sea
  • The maiden flight of “homegrown” large passenger jet C919
  • Launching the first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1
  • Launching a second aircraft carrier

Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.