Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant, Liaoning, China

The Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant (HNPP) is located in Donggang Town, Wafangdian, in the Liaoning Province of China. The first unit of the plant was connected to the grid in February 2013, and commissioned in June 2013.

HNPP is owned by Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power (LHNP), a joint venture of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Company (CGNPC, 45%), China Power Investment Corporation (CPIC, 45%) and Dalian Construction Investment Group (10%).

The plant comprising six units is being built in two phases. Construction of phase one commenced in August 2007, and phase two started in July 2010.

The total cost of constructing phase one is estimated at CNY50bn ($8.2bn), and phase two CNY25bn ($4.01bn). Phase one is expected to generate approximately 30 billion kilowatts per hour of electricity annually, while phase two will generate 15 billion kilowatts per hour a year.

Unit 2 of phase one was tested for criticality in October 2013, and connected to the grid the following month. Commercial operations for the other two units under phase one began in September 2016, while the remaining two units under phase two will come online in 2021.

CGNPC was appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. China Nuclear Industry Huaxing Construction Company is carrying out the civil works while China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Company is performing the installation works. CGNPC has also been contracted to operate the power plant for the first five years following the full commissioning of the plant.

China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPEC) supplied the nuclear reactors. AREVA supplied the fuel assembly components for phase one. The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for unit 1 was supplied by China First Heavy Industries (CFHI).