TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has signed the contract for nuclear fuel supply to the future power units 7 and 8 of Tianwan NPP with Suneng Nuclear Power Corporation and China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation acting as the customers (both companies are subsidiaries of China National Nuclear Corporation, CNNC).
The Contract signing ceremony took place in the presence of Alexei Likhachev, Rosatom Director General, and Zhang Kejian, Chairman of China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), at the 23rd session of Chinese-Russian Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues.
The Contract includes supplies for the first core as well as for further refueling, envisaging an option of payments in the national currencies of Russia and China – rubles and yuans. Rusatom Overseas coordinated the contract negotiations from the Russian side.
The two new Russian-design Gen 3+ units at Tianwan NPP will be powered by VVER-1200 reactors. At present, Tianwan NPP has four Russian-design power units with VVER-1000 running on nuclear fuel produced either by Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Plant (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) or by Yibin fuel plant (Sichuan province, China), where fabrication of fuel assemblies for VVER-1000 is localized under TVEL license.
“Since the first unit commissioning at Tianwan NPP in 2006, TVEL has been not just supplying nuclear fuel to the customer, but also providing a comprehensive support introducing the best Russian practices. In particular, our engineers provided for switching the VVER-1000 units to the new generation TVS-2M fuel. We also helped to launch Russian-design nuclear fuel fabrication at Yibin plant. The start of VVER-1200 fuel supplies to China marks a new milestone in the history of our relationship that has good prospects for further development and on a mutually beneficial basis,” commented Oleg Grigoriyev, Senior Vice President for Commerce and International Business at TVEL.†
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