China: Taishan reactor shut down over damaged fuel rods

Taishan reactor shut down over damaged fuel rods
The Chinese plant operator said it had shut down one reactor after "lengthy" talks with technical staff. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: After minor damage to fuel rods, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant has shut down one of its reactors for maintenance.s

The plant operator said it had shut Unit 1 at the Taishan nuclear plant in Guangdong province after “lengthy” talks with technicians.

Taishan is the first plant in the world to have this kind of reactor.

The type of reactor, known as EPR, is also set to be built in other countries, including France, Finland and at Hinkley Point C in the UK.

The latest move comes a month after the government of China acknowledged damage to fuel rods at the Taishan unit, but Beijing said it was a “common” problem, with no need for concern.

In a statement on Friday, China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said that the reactor was “completely under control”.

The statement added that engineers would find the cause of the damage and replace the fuel rods.

CNN reported in June that the US government was assessing a reported leak at the site.

French energy firm EDF, which helps run the Taishan site, had warned the government of the US that China’s nuclear regulator had raised limits on permissible levels of radiation outside the plant to avoid shutting it down.

Later, EDF said in a statement that a problem with fuel rods had led to the build-up of gases, which had to be released into the atmosphere.

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