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World’s First EPR Nuclear Reactor Delivers Power to Grid

2 Jul 2018

On June 29th 2018, Taishan 1 in China became the first EPR (European Pressurised Reactor) to be connected to the grid.

It’s the same technology that will be used at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which is currently under construction.

The EPR design features third-generation nuclear technology developed by EDF and Framatome. The design will also be used at new sites in France (Flamanville 3) and Finland (Olkiluoto 3).

EPR technology uses 17% less uranium than older generation reactors and are among the safest and most efficient civil nuclear reactors to be built.

Taishan 1 has a capacity of 1,660 MWe, and has a sister reactor, Taishan 2, due to go live next year. By comparison Hinkley Point C is planned to have two 1,630 MWe capacity reactors.

Read the full press release from EDF here.

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