Five Nuclear Stations to be Built This Year

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Apr. 21 – According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) there are plans to build five nuclear power stations in Zhejiang, Shandong, Guangdong and Hainan by the end of the year.

The Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant in Zhejiang already began construction last Sunday. It is the first third-generation pressurized water reactor in China to use AP 1000 technologies developed by Westinghouse, reports China Daily.

“We will build more generating units with AP 1000 technologies and introduce them to inland provinces based on the construction and operation of the Sanmen project,” Sun Qin, vice head of NEA, told China Daily.

Moreover, the first inland nuclear power plants to be built in Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces will approval by the end of this year or early next year at the latest.

The Shandong Rongcheng Nuclear Power Plant, is set to begin its construction phase by September with a projected generating capacity of 200,000 kW. The plant will be Chinese designed and will use fourth-generation nuclear reactor technologies,.

Currently, all of China’s 11 nuclear stations are concentrated on the east coastal areas due to massive energy needs coming from the export industry.

By 2020, China plans to have 40 million kW of installed nuclear capacity on or 4 percent of projected electricity supply capacity.