A Chinese group led by Huaneng Power International has announced plans to begin construction this year of the first commercial nuclear power station using pebble-bed technology.
The 190-megawatt reactor will be built in Weihai in the
The announcement came during a two-day EU-China energy conference held in
Pebble-bed reactors use pyrolytic graphite spheres with uranium cores. An inert gas such as helium is used as a coolant to drive the turbines. This is considered to make the reactor safer as it is non-combustible, non-corrosive and does not dissolve contaminants or absorb neutrons.