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Russia, China sign commissioning act on 1st unit of Tianwan NPP

RIA Novosti

02/06/2007 17:03 (adds background in paras 4, 5)

MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and China have signed a commissioning document on the first unit of Tianwan nuclear power plant in China, Russia's nuclear equipment export monopoly said Saturday.

Atomstroyexport is building the Tianwan NPP in eastern China's port city of Lianyungang. The plant, which is being built under a 1992 bilateral agreement, features improved VVER-1000 reactors and K-100-6/3000 turbo-generators.

"This is a unique event because it is the first power unit commissioned abroad over the last decade," said Irina Yesipova, Atomstroyexport's press secretary.

The first unit of the Tianwan NPP went online in early January, but was then shut down for maintenance work. The second power unit was put to 12% of its nominal capacity May 8.

Atomstroyexport is building seven NPP power units in China, India, Iran and Bulgaria.

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