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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.
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At Millbank we anticipate this news to boost confidence in nuclear new builds, which are a vital part of the UK’s low carbon energy mix in the coming decades.