China to build 20 float­ing nu­clear re­ac­tors

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China is plan­ning to build about 20 float­ing re­ac­tor plat­forms to meet the de­mand of mar­itime atomic propul­sion, driv­ing a mar­ket that could be worth tens of bil­lions of dol­lars, a re­port said.

The coun­try’s first float­ing nu­clear plant is about to start fi­nal as­sem­bly in Hu­lu­dao, a coastal city in Liaon­ing prov­ince.

Zhu Han­chao, deputy chief en­gi­neer of the CSIC 719 Re­search In­sti­tute, said that the av­er­age cost of a pi­lot project is about 3 bil­lion yuan ($463 mil­lion). He said that the cost could go lower with mass pro­duc­tion of such plat­forms.

A float­ing nu­clear power plant is of­ten used to sup­ply sta­ble elec­tric­ity not only to re­mote ar­eas, but also to large in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties such as sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion plants and off­shore oil­field ex­plo­ration rigs.

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