En­ergy author­ity re­jigs 3 nu­clear power plants

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Wang Qi

China’s Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­closed Thurs­day that it has ap­proved three nu­clear power projects in three coastal cities after a three-year hia­tus.

Chinese in­dus­try in­sid­ers said the new tech­nol­ogy with the world’s high­est safety level and ef­fi­ciency will be ap­plied to those projects.

Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy, an in­de­pen­dently de­vel­oped third gen­er­a­tion of Chinese nu­clear tech­nol­ogy, is ex­pected to take China’s nu­clear tech­nol­ogy above world level by 2020, they said.

One of the three newly ap­proved projects based in Rongcheng county of East China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince is al­ready un­der con­struc­tion, re­ported Shang­hai-based news por­tal thep­a­per.cn.

The other two in South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince and South­east China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince are poised to start im­me­di­ately, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

China’s elec­tric­ity re­serves are always abun­dant, Lin Bo­qiang, direc­tor of the China Cen­ter for En­ergy Eco­nomics Re­search at Xi­a­men Univer­sity, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

“But ex­cess elec­tric­ity has been used up in the past three years so we need to launch new projects,” Lin said.

China is one of the world’s largest en­ergy con­sumers, mak­ing nu­clear power im­por­tant, Han Xiaop­ing, chief an­a­lyst at en­ergy in­dus­try web­site chi­na5e.com, told the Global Times on Sun­day.

Hua­long One tech­nol­ogy makes China more con­fi­dent about nu­clear safety, Han noted.

After the 2011 disas­ter at the Fukushima Nu­clear Power Plant, China paused to in­crease the safety and tech­no­log­i­cal per­fec­tion of nu­clear power, Han said.

With ap­proval for the three projects, the tech­nol­ogy would be con­stantly re­viewed, the nu­clear power in­sider noted.

China Na­tional Nu­clear Corp (CNNC) is­sued an an­nounce­ment in­tro­duc­ing the nu­clear project in Zhangzhou and in­vited pub­lic com­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment, CNNC Zhangzhou branch eval­u­ated the en­vi­ron­men­tal and res­i­den­tial im­pact of the three-month, 10 mil­lion ($1.45 mil­lion) yuan project.

Site se­lec­tion be­gan in 2006 for the Taip­in­gling nu­clear power project in Huizhou, the fifth nu­clear project in South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, said thep­a­per.cn.

China’s last nu­clear power project dates back to 2015, when eight reg­u­lar nu­clear power units were con­structed.

The Chinese main­land had 45 nu­clear power units in com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion, with an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 45,895 megawatts of elec­tric­ity, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased March 31 by the China Nu­clear En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

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