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Seawater desalination technology for China's nuclear station

BEIJING, Thursday 17 June 2010 (Bernama) -- Seawater desalination technology is being used at China's Hongyanhe nuclear power station due to its cost effectiveness compared with other water supply options, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Xinhua reported that this is the first time the technology has been used at a major nuclear power project in China. This desalinated seawater technology has for years been used at foreign nuclear projects abroad.

The power station is still under the first phase construction in Wafangdian City in northeast China's Liaoning Province. The US$7.3 billion-phase began in Aug 2007.

The seawater desalination facility at Hongyanhe station is able to provide 10,080 tonnes of freshwater for the project, and it has four generating units with an annual capacity of one million kilowatts each.

In May 2010, the central government approved the second phase of the project, which involves another two 1-million-kw generating units.

Upon completion of the whole station, the six units will generate 45 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

MySinchew 2010.06.17


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