BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - French utility EDF expects the first nuclear power plant under construction in the southern city of Taishan to be completed by the end of the year, a company executive told Reuters.
Herve Machenaud, a company executive in charge of the Asia-Pacific region, made the remarks on the sidelines of a visit to Beijing by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Chinese utility China General Nuclear (CGN) and state-controlled EDF are in a 70-30 joint venture to build two Taishan reactors.
The two had been slated to be connected to the grid in 2014 and 2015 respectively, but Nuclear Intelligence Weekly wrote in March that according to a China National Energy Administration presentation, the Taishan 1 and 2 reactors were now expected to come online in June 2015 and September 2016. (Reporting By Dominique Patton; writing by Megha Rajagopalan; editing by David Clarke)