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Westinghouse’s Marquee Reactor in China Begins Fuel Loading

  • Sanmen No. 1 reactor in Zhejiang begins fueling on Wednesday
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China began fueling Westinghouse Electric Co.’s first next-generation nuclear reactor, a small step toward starting up the long-delayed unit.

The No. 1 reactor at the Sanmen nuclear power plant in Zhejiang province began fueling on Wednesday after getting government clearance, China National Nuclear Corp. and Westinghouse said in separate statements. Fuel loading was most recently scheduled for last summer, but it was delayed indefinitely as the developers waited to receive approval from China’s nuclear regulator.