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CANDU Position and Prospect in Chinese Nuclear Fuel Cycle

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Zhenhua Zhang, Zhiliang Meng

CNNC Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Co., Zhejiang, China

Mingjun Chen

CNNC Nuclear Power Operation Management Co., Zhejiang, China

Peide Zhou

China Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing, China

Qing Li

Nuclear Power Institute of China, Chengdu, China

Guowei Zhang

China National Nuclear Power Co., Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE21-16727, pp. V001T02A046; 5 pages
  • 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Modifications, Life Cycle and Balance of Plant; Nuclear Fuel and Materials; Radiation Protection and Nuclear Technology Applications
  • Chengdu, China, July 29–August 2, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5578-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


To manage climate challenge and optimize energy supply structure, China has decided to develop more nuclear power in a safe and high-efficiency manner. On a nuclear sustainable development perspective, it is necessary to develop a closed fuel cycle (CFC) system and also take great efforts to improve natural uranium (NU) utilization ratio of thermal reactor. CANDU is great certainty to play an important role in this strategy. This paper presents CNNC Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company Limited (TQNPC) efforts of being develop the engineering technologies of recycling reprocessed uranium (RU) and nuclear use of thorium (Th) resource in CANDU type reactor and finding the CANDU’s position in Chinese CFC system. Also this paper provides a proposal of implementation plan for Chinese CFC system development and also for application of the related CANDU engineering technologies.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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