December 13, 2017 / 4:14 AM / 3 years ago

China's CGN replaces cracked component at Taishan nuclear plant construction

BEIJING, Dec 13 (Reuters) -

* CGN Power Co said on Tuesday it has replaced a component at the under-construction Taishan nuclear plant after finding the cracked part during tests of a deaerator

* The company is a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear giant China General Nuclear Power Corp IPO-CGNP.HK

* The company’s statement came after media reports that the company had spotted flaws in the deaerator before tests

* The deaerator, which removes dissolved oxygen by heating water, was built by Harbin Electric

* The company said the cracked component is not part of the nuclear safety system

* CGN is building the Taishan power plant in Guangdong with French utility Electricite de France (EDF)

* The project has been delayed repeatedly since construction began in 2009 and is now due to open in H2 2017 or H1 2018 (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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