China adds new enrichment facility at the Hanzhong plant

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced that it completed a "large-scale demonstration project for a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges." According to the company statement, the centrifuges are independently researched and developed by CNNC, which owns independent intellectual property rights. The centrifuges have been added to the Hanzhong enrichment facility in Shaanxi province.

The Hanzhong plant hosts four enrichment facilities with the total capacity of 1.5 million SWU/year that use centrifuges supplied by Russia. In addition, China was reported to deploy a 0.5 million SWU/year facility with centrifuges that are believed to use the Russian technology. It began operations in 2011. The most recent estimate suggests that the total capacity installed in Hanzhong at the end of 2017 was 2.0 million SWU/year. Now that the new facility began operations, it may significantly increase the full capacity of the plant.