Shanghai Electric Group (SEG), one of the top power generation equipment manufacturers in China, invested 1 billion yuan in the second phase of the base, which started the construction last week.
Located in Linggang, a newly developed export zone at the southeast tip of Shanghai, the base will be the largest sophisticated nuclear power generation equipment manufacturing base in the world, reports local media Jie Fang Daily. It's expected the facility will be completed by 2012.
SEG has been pushing the project since 2006 and the first phase cost around 4.8 billion yuan..
The facility comes after China announced its ambition to upgrade its nuclear technology.
Shenzhen-based China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co.,Ltd.(CGNP), announced early this year it had developed the secondary pumps, such as residual heat removal pump and electric auxiliary feedwater pump, for the million-kilowatt nuclear reactors. This gave Chinese buyers a domestic option for the first time.
In September 2008, China developed its first reactor components; the core facility of a reactor, made by Shanghai No.1 Machine Tool Works, a unit of SEG, and designed by Chengdu-based Nuclear Power Institute of China. The reactor components are for the expansion project of Qinshan NPP, reported Xinhua.