Clean-en­ergy projects get go-ahead

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO YINAN in Beijing zhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Con­struc­tion of two nu­clear projects and one hy­dropower sta­tion has been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment as China pushes ahead with clean en­ergy de­vel­op­ment amid slug­gish eco­nomic growth.

An ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing of the State Coun­cil presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang ap­proved the projects on Wed­nes­day to of­fer new in­cen­tives amid slow­ing eco­nomic growth.

The ap­provals will also help China meet its cli­mate change goals.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, China is poised to achieve eco­nomic growth of about 6.9 per­cent this year, barely meet­ing the gov­ern­ment’s an­nual tar­get of around 7 per­cent. The growth rate is the slow­est for 25 years.

The meet­ing ap­proved the Wudongde hy­dropower sta­tion on the Jin­sha River on the border of Sichuan and Yun­nan prov­inces, part of the up­per reaches of the Yangtze River.

The two nu­clear projects are both in coastal ar­eas, one in Fangcheng­gang in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, us­ing third-gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy, and the other in Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince.

A state­ment re­leased af­ter the meet­ing said con­struc­tion of the projects is an im­por­tant mea­sure to sus­tain eco­nomic ex­pan­sion and re­struc­ture the coun­try’s en­ergy sec­tor.

“Projects in line with cur­rent se­cu­rity stan­dards and na­tional strate­gies should be ap­proved soon,” it added.

Strict man­age­ment is re­quired for the nu­clear projects to en­sure high se­cu­rity stan­dards dur­ing con­struc­tion, as well as proper han­dling of the eco­log­i­cal im­pact, wa­ter pol­lu­tion and the re­set­tle­ment of res­i­dents in the af­fected ar­eas.

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