China starts building new nuclear power plant

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm •  Published: January 6, 2013
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The design has "broad prospects for commercial application" and can "meet the needs of different countries and regions," the company said, suggesting its developers might try to market the technology abroad.

Plans call for the facility to be part of a 6.6-gigawatt nuclear power complex to be built over 20 years at a cost of 100 billion yuan ($15.9 billion), Xinhua said. It said that if completed, that will be China's biggest nuclear power plant.

The government said in October it wants to generate 30 percent of China's power from solar, wind and other renewable sources, as well as from nuclear energy, by the end of 2015. That is up from an earlier target of 15 percent from renewables plus 5 percent from nuclear by 2020.

China's 15 nuclear reactors currently in operation have 12.5 gigawatts of generating capacity and supply about 1.8 percent of its power, according to the October report on development plans. It said the world average is 14 percent.

Another 26 reactors are under construction and will add 30 gigawatts, according to the October report.

Nuclear supplies about 1.8 percent of China's total power output, below what the October report said is a global average of 14 percent.

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Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Co. (in Chinese): www.hsnpc.com.cn

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