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Bradwell B model nuclear power plant passes major milestone in China

The dome is lifted on to the Fangchenggang Unit 3 nuclear power plant in China, marking a major milestone for the plant which is being used as a forerunner for Bradwell B in Essex. Picture: CGN.

The dome is lifted on to the Fangchenggang Unit 3 nuclear power plant in China, marking a major milestone for the plant which is being used as a forerunner for Bradwell B in Essex. Picture: CGN.

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A nuclear plant which is acting as the forerunner to Bradwell B in Essex has passed a major milestone.

The dome is lifted on to the Fangchenggang Unit 3 nuclear power plant in China, marking a major milestone for the plant which is being used as a forerunner for Bradwell B in Essex. Picture: CGN.The dome is lifted on to the Fangchenggang Unit 3 nuclear power plant in China, marking a major milestone for the plant which is being used as a forerunner for Bradwell B in Essex. Picture: CGN.

The China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group said it has completed the dome-lift at the Fangchenggang nuclear power station in Guangxi Province, China.

Dome lifting is a significant point in construction as it is a vital part of ensuring the integrity and sealing of the reactor building. Equipment installation can now start.

The station is being used as the reference plant for the HPR1000 which CGN and EDF plan to build at Bradwell B, subject to regulatory approval, and will inform the UK version.

Zheng Dongshan, chief executive of CGN UK, said: “This milestone for the HPR1000 technology is great news for the Bradwell B project, showing CGN will have a track record in safely and efficiently building and operating this type of reactor well before the project becomes operational in the UK.”

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