BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) - China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and China Huaneng Group have started building Changjiang nuclear power station in the southern island province of Hainan on Sunday, CNNC said.
The plant will have two generating units, each with capacity to generate 650 megawatts of power, with total investment amounting to nearly 19 billion yuan ($2.78 billion).
Changjiang will adopt the CNP600 pressurised water reactor technology, an improved second-generation nuclear power technology developed by CNNC.
The first generating unit is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2014, CNNC said in a report on its website
CNNC is China's leading nuclear power developer and China Huaneng Group is one of China's five major state-owned power generating groups.
China has only 9.1 GW of operational nuclear power capacity, but the country has fast-tracked the construction of nuclear power plants to boost clean energy supplies and reduce reliance on coal.
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(Reporting by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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