EDF, a public utility company backed by the French state, said that after receiving reports of possible radiation leaks, the company is seeking to hold a special board meeting at a joint nuclear power plant in southern China.
In a statement on Monday, EDF said it had learned of “increased concentrations of certain noble gases” in the first reactor of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, which is owned by China General Nuclear Power Corporation. Inert gas It is an inert gas, such as helium, xenon, and radon.
It added that this increase is “a known phenomenon that has been studied and specified in the reactor operating procedures,” but said it called for a special board meeting to review all available data.
Taishan Nuclear Power Plant issued a statement on its website on Sunday night saying that its two reactors are operating normally. “This [plant’s] Environmental indicators and surrounding environment are normal. “The factory said.
It added that the plant’s second reactor had recently completed its planned overhaul and was reconnected to the grid on June 10.
Taishan is owned by China General Nuclear Power with 70% of the shares, and the rest is held by EDF. It is the world’s first nuclear power plant to operate a European pressurized reactor-a French-German technology that has been plagued by delays and cost overruns for two decades.
The first reactor of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant began commercial operation in December 2018, and the second reactor was put into operation in September 2019.
With a population of 1 million, Taishan is located about 75 kilometers west of the Pearl River Delta, which is the most densely populated area in southern Guangdong Province. Hong Kong is about 140 kilometers from the power plant.
CGN and EDF are also cooperating in the construction of the EPR nuclear power plant in the UK, which is under construction in Hinkley Point, Somerset.
CNN reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources and documents, that French electric company Framatome recently notified the US government that “the site and the public are facing potential radiological threats.”
“Famatong supports the resolution of a performance problem at the Taishan nuclear power plant,” Famatong said in a statement on Monday, adding that “according to available data, the plant is operating within safe parameters.”
According to officials, the French government is paying attention to this situation.
CNN stated that President Joe Biden’s National Security Council is monitoring the situation, but believes that it has not yet reached a “crisis level.”
China Guangdong Nuclear Power declined to comment. Monday is a public holiday in China, and the Taishan City Government and China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration could not be immediately reached for comment.
Nuclear power is at the heart of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Environmental goals, Including achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2060.
There are about 50 nuclear reactors in operation in China, accounting for about 5% of the total power generation.
Liu Qianer Shenzhen Supplementary Report