Investigation Into Gas Build-Up At Chinese Nuclear Plant

US news network CNN reported earlier this week that the US government is looking into a report of a leak at the Taishan nuclear plant in Guangdong province run by a joint venture between French power group EDF Energy and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), which has denied claims of a leak.

Investigation into gas build-up at Chinese nuclear plant

By Nick Parkinson

A build-up of xenon and krypton is being investigated at a nuclear plant in China following claims of a potential leak.

US news network CNN reported earlier this week that the US government is looking into a report of a leak at the Taishan power plant in Guangdong province run by a joint venture between French power group EDF Energy and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), which has denied claims of a leak.

EDF has reportedly said that a build-up of krypton and xenon had affected the primary circuit of Taishan Unit 1.

EDF said there was a build-up of the noble gases in the primary circuit of reactor number 1 of the Taishan plant, but that it was a “known phenomenon” and that it had procedures for dealing with such a build-up of gases.

French engineering company Framatome, which is owned by EDF, designed the plant’s reactor and is still involved in its operations. Framatome wrote to the US government warning of an “imminent radiological threat” at the plant, according to CNN.

Framatome said in a statement, “Framatome is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong Province, China. According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters. Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue.”

Originally published at Gas world

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