The development of the Taishan nuclear power plant is a significant milestone in EDF’s partnerships building in China.
EDF has been proud to work with Chinese nuclear operator China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) on Daya Bay and Ling Ao power plants since 1984.
As a result, in 2008, the two companies set up the Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co. Ltd. (TNPJVC) to construct and operate two nuclear reactors based on EPR (European Pressurized Reactor) technology in Taishan, Guangdong province.
nuclear electricity generation agreement signed in China with a foreign investor
2 x 1,750 MW
EDF's holding in TNPJVC
An innovative partnership brings a modern and efficient nuclear power plant to life at Taishan
Construction of Taishan Unit 1 began in 2009 and Unit 2 in 2010, making them the third and fourth EPR Generation III pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear units to begin construction in the world respectively.
At the beginning of 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping unveiled a plaque to highlight that Taishan is the “first EPR in the world”.
Taishan Unit 1 was commissioned in December 2018 and in September 2019, Taishan Unit 2 was put into commercial operation.
The commitment, energy and vision to ensure long-term success in China
The success of the joint-venture has not only reinforced EDF’s commitment to electricity generation in China but has also strengthened EDF’s relationship with CGN – one that now spans more than 30 years.
Together, EDF and CGN continue to research further opportunities to develop projects both in China and overseas.