China to become global nuclear energy player
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.