China to be­come global nu­clear en­ergy player

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China will have 110 op­er­a­tional nu­clear re­ac­tors by 2030, making it one of the largest nu­clear en­ergy users in the world by then, a lead­ing power plant builder said.

Ac­cord­ing to a draft of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for the power in­dus­try, China will set aside 500 bil­lion yuan ($78 bil­lion) for build­ing nu­clear power plants us­ing its home­grown nu­clear tech­nolo­gies and add six to eight nu­clear re­ac­tors ev­ery year from 2016 for the next five years.

There are 22 nu­clear re­ac­tors in op­er­a­tion and 26 un­der con­struc­tion in China, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

China is em­bark­ing on a clean-en­ergy drive to re­duce emis­sions, with nu­clear be­ing one of the ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries. At the same time, China is also look­ing to pop­u­lar­ize its home grown pres­sur­ized­wa­ter nu­clear tech­nol­ogy known as Hua­long One both at home and abroad.

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