Emer­gency strat­egy im­proved at nu­clear plants

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHENG JINRAN in Bei­jing zhengjin­ran@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has built its first train­ing and sup­port base to cope with emer­gency is­sues at nu­clear power plants in an ef­fort to meet its safety goals amid rapid devel­op­ment of nu­clear en­ergy, the top nu­clear safety ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

Along with the base in Yan­tai, Shan­dong prov­ince, in eastern China, built by China Power In­vest­ment Corp, an­other two are planned in eastern and south­ern China, ac­cord­ing to the re­port from the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

Two ma­jor do­mes­tic nu­clear power de­vel­op­ers, China Gen­eral Nu­clear Power Group and China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp, will op­er­ate the other two bases, the re­port said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the de­vel­op­ers have cre­ated pro­fes­sional emer­gency re­sponse teams in­side their power plants and a strat­egy to man­age risks as se­vere as the Fukushima Dai­ichi nu­clear dis­as­ter in Ja­pan in 2011.

All five do­mes­tic nu­clear power cor­po­ra­tions have agreed to co­or­di­nate ef­forts in nu­clear emer­gency is­sues and swiftly share re­gional emer­gency ser­vices, the min­istry said.

The Fukushima dis­as­ter is an im­por­tant re­minder that emer­gency teams in­side nu­clear power sta­tions are im­por­tant, said Li Gan­jie, vicem­i­nis­ter and head of Na­tional Nu­clear Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der the min­istry.

A tsunami trig­gered by an earth­quake led to the melt­down of three nu­clear re­ac­tors at the Ja­panese plant and a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial was re­leased.

China cur­rently op­er­ates 23 nu­clear power units and has an­other 27 un­der con­struc­tion, the most un­der con­struc­tion in the world, and an in­stalled nu­clear ca­pac­ity ranked fourth world­wide.

The emer­gency bases and pro­fes­sional re­sponse teams are the lat­est moves to guar­an­tee nu­clear power safety as a whole as China rapidly de­vel­ops nu­clear power en­ergy, Li said.

Af­ter the Fukushima in­ci­dent, China suspended ap­provals of nu­clear plant con­struc­tion to re­vise its safety stan­dards.

The ca­pac­ity of ex­ist­ing nu­clear power plants, in­clud­ing those power plants it is pre­par­ing to restart, will reach 58,000 megawatts by 2020, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

China has op­er­ated the nu­clear power sta­tions safely for three decades, Tang Bo, deputy head of nu­clear safety su­per­vi­sion bureau at the ad­min­is­tra­tion, said on April 17.

In the rank­ing of World As­so­ci­a­tion of Nu­clear Op­er­a­tors, the per­for­mance of all nu­clear units in China are bet­ter than the global av­er­age, Tang said.

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