June 6, 2018 / 5:02 PM / 2 years ago

EDF says first nuclear chain reaction carried out at Taishan EPR

PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) - French state-controlled utility EDF said on Wednesday that a first nuclear chain reaction has been carried out at the Taishan European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) in China, signalling an initial startup of the long-delayed project.

EDF’s head of new nuclear and engineering Xavier Ursat, said on his official Twitter account that Taishan EPR had had its first chain reaction, and it was a good news for the entire nuclear industry.

EDF holds around 30 percent of the project.

China General Nuclear Power (CGN), which holds the remaining stake in the project in the southeastern province of Guangdong, said in April that fuel loading had started at the reactor after it was cleared to go ahead by China National Nuclear Safety Commission. (Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by John Irish)

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