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Reactor vessel and steam generators shipped for Tianwan 8

15 May 2024

The reactor vessel and two steam generators, with a combined weight of more than 1000 tonnes, will travel by road, river and sea from Russia to the Tianwan site in China’s Jiangsu province.

The reactor vessel and steam generators begin their journey (Image: Rosatom)

Last year the VVER-1200 reactor vessel and four steam generators for Tianwan 7 were shipped, as well as two of the four steam generators for unit 8.

They were all produced at the Atommash production site in Volgodonsk in southern Russia and travelled thousands of miles – including two months at sea – to the end location on the Chinese coast.

Igor Kotov, head of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division, said: “For Russian mechanical engineers, cooperation with Chinese colleagues is one of the key elements of the development strategy. Today it is a partner truly interested in the high-quality and mutually beneficial implementation of joint projects. This approach undoubtedly serves as a guarantee of strict compliance with work deadlines and ensuring high product quality parameters. This is a reliable basis for expanding cooperation and identifying new directions.”

The Tianwan nuclear power plant is owned and operated by Jiangsu Nuclear Power Company, a joint venture between China National Nuclear Corporation (50%), China Power Investment Corporation (30%) and Jiangsu Guoxin Group (20%). In June 2018, Russia and China signed four agreements, including for the construction of two VVER-1200 reactors as units 7 and 8 of the Tianwan plant. They are scheduled to be commissioned in 2026-2027.

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