China plans 30 nu­clear plants along Silk Route

CNNC chair­man ad­mits it faces ‘very strong com­pe­ti­tion’ in sell­ing its tech­nol­ogy

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By XIN­HUA and CHI­NADAILY

China has set a tar­get of build­ing around 30 nu­clear power units in coun­tries along the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive routes by 2030, ac­cord­ing to Sun Qin, pres­i­dent of China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp.

He said 70 coun­tries in to­tal are al­ready plan­ning or de­vel­op­ing their own nu­clear power projects, and it is es­ti­mated 130 more nu­clear power units will have been built by 2020.

“But we also face very strong com­pe­ti­tion in the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear mar­ket,” he said.

“Coun­tries like Rus­sia, South Korea, Ja­pan and the United States are all ex­plor­ing the global nu­clear mar­ket ag­gres­sively.”

Belt and Road des­ti­na­tions are those along the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road — the ini­tia­tive pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to strengthen re­gional eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion and in­fra­struc­ture con­nec­tiv­ity.

Cur­rently China has 30 nu­clear power gen­er­at­ing units with a ca­pac­ity of 28 mil­lion gi­gawatts and an­other 24 units are un­der con­struc­tion, ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

CNNC is one of three nu­clear gi­ants.

It has been ac­cel­er­at­ing the build­ing of its flag­ship nu­clear pro­ject us­ing Hua­long One, a third-gen­er­a­tion nu­clear re­ac­tor de­sign, in Fuqing, Fu­jian prov­ince, and hopes to lev­er­age this do­mes­tic ex­pe­ri­ence to boost its nu­clear tech­nol­ogy ex­ports.

The op­er­a­tor has al­ready reached bi­lat­eral agree­ments on nu­clear en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries in­clud­ing Ar­gentina, Brazil, Egypt, Bri­tain, France and Jor­dan, Sun said.

But he em­pha­sized there was no need to hit full self-suf­fi­ciency in nu­clear, be­cause many gen­eral com­po­nents can be bought through in­ter­na­tional sup­pli­ers.

CNNC has al­ready ex­ported six nu­clear re­ac­tors, five minia­ture neu­tron source re­ac­tors, two nu­clear re­search fa­cil­i­ties and one ex­per­i­men­tal re­ac­tor.

Sun said the com­pany is look­ing ideally to co­op­er­ate with coun­tries through­out the whole nu­clear power in­dus­try chain.

It ac­tively pro­motes lo­cal­iza­tion of its tech­nol­ogy and strives to es­tab­lish in­te­grated in­dus­trial sys­tems for coun­tries in­volved with the Belt and Road, Sun said.


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