The US government spent the past week evaluating a report of one loss at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company warned of an “imminent radiological threat”.
The news is the CNN. The French report includes a heavy allegation that the Chinese security authority has raised acceptable limits for detecting radiation outside the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong province to avoid having to shut it down.
Despite the report by Framatome, the French company that assists the Chinese in running the factory, the Biden administration believes the facility is not yet at “crisis level”. Although U.S. officials have felt that the situation does not currently pose a major threat to the safety of plant workers or civilians, it is unusual for a foreign company to unilaterally turn to the US government for help.The scenario could put the US in a complicated situation if the loss continues or becomes more severe without being repaired.
“The situation is an imminent radiological threat and Framatome urgently requests permission to transfer the technical data and the necessary assistance to restore the plant to normal operation”, reads the June 8 note from the company’s expert. to the Department of Energy. Framatome has asked the US government for assistance, indicates the document, why a Chinese government agency was continuing to increase limits on the amount of gas that could be safely released from the facility without closing it, according to documents reviewed by CNN. As of May 30, the Taishan reactor had reached 90 percent of the supposedly revised limit, the note added.
China has expanded its use of nuclear energy in recent years and accounts for about 5% of all energy generated in the country. According to the China Nuclear Energy Association, as of March 2021 there were 16 operational nuclear power plants in China with 49 nuclear reactors, with a total generation capacity of 51,000 megawatts. The Taishan plant is a project built after China signed a nuclear power generation agreement with Électricité de France, which is mainly owned by the French government. Construction of the plant began in 2009 and the two units began producing electricity in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The city of Taishan has a population of 950,000 and is located in the south-east of the country, in the province of Guangdong, which is home to 126 million inhabitants. and has a GDP of 1.6 trillion dollars, comparable to that of Russia and South Korea.
June 14, 2021 (change June 14, 2021 | 10:00)
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