November 12, 2009

Nuclear Power to Generate 22% Electricity in China by 2050

Much has been written on this blog about Beijing's desire to see China emulate France and Japan in using nuclear energy to generate a substantial portion of the nation's electricity needs. China National Nuclear Corp. and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group are steaming ahead with domestic production of AP1000 nuclear reactors under a technology-transfer agreement with Westinghouse. Three new AP1000 nuclear plants will begin construction soon in inland provinces - the first such facilities away from the Chinese coast - at locations in Hunan, Hubei, and Jiangxi Provinces. The plants may go online as soon as 2015. According to Ye Qizhen, one of China's foremost nuclear experts, Beijing hopes to have 400 Gigawatt of operational nuclear power by 2050....

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