In April, the ‘World Nuclear News’ reported that the construction of the air –cooling towers at Loviisa manufacturing unit is now complete. Located in Finland the plant does not require seawater cooling but is backed by a new cooling system which boasts of enhancing the safe operation of the plant. Industry experts eyeing the recent momentum in the Chinese cooling tower industry explain that in most extreme conditions when the seawater is not accessible to cool off the reactors the new cooling system would be highly effective.
Officials at Fortum plant reveal that the heat exchangers are present in three buildings but do not have any notable impact on the plants landscape area. Recently Prof Research Reports has added a report titled “Chinese Cooling Tower Industry, 2009-2019.” The report take a closer look at the market share and size, demand and supply, value chain analysis, opportunities and market segmentation of the cooling tower market across China.
Developed by Fortum the cooling towers have been supplied by the popular EGI Contracting/Engineering Co Ltd in Hungary and have been efficiently integrated with the existing systems of the power plant. The reverse systems in the plant ensures power supply. The construction of the cooling systems neared its completion in February while the testing is scheduled during an outage later in 2015.
In the real world power plants utilizing steam cycle depends on cooling irrespective of whether they access fossil fuel or nuclear energy in order to produce steam. In everyday operation the two units at the Loviisa’s plant utilizes around 40 m3 of sea water for cooling off the steam which fuels the turbines.