China to build new nuclear power plant in Guangxi
Added At: 2010-07-19 11:00 PM
Last Updated At: 2010-07-20 11:00 PM
Agence France Presse
BEIJING; China has approved plans to build a nuclear power plant in the southwestern region of Guangxi, state
media reported today, as Beijing makes good on a pledge to boost renewable energy sources.
The first phase of the project in Fangchengchang city will involve investing 3.5 billion dollars in two Chinese-made 1.08 gigawatt reactors, the People’s Daily said, citing local government officials.
Beijing has stepped up investment in nuclear power in an effort to slash carbon emissions and reduce the nation’s heavy reliance on coal, which accounts for 70 per cent of its power needs but is highly polluting. The world’s third largest economy aims to get 10 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2010 and 15 per cent by 2020. The CPR 1000 reactors have been designed by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company based on foreign technology. The People’s Daily said 80 per cent of the materials used to make the reactors were produced in China.The first reactor is expected to be operational in 2015 and the second in 2016, the report said.
Compared with a coal-burning power station of similar scale, the two reactors will emit 14.8 million tonnes less carbon dioxide and 136,400 tonnes less sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide per year. The plant will eventually have six reactors, each with a capacity of at least one gigawatt, the report said. The nuclear power plant, approved last week, is one of the 23 projects announced by Beijing earlier this month for the country’s impoverished inland areas, with a total investment of 682.2 billion yuan. Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration, said late last year that China had 11 nuclear power reactors in operation with a capacity of 9.1 gigawatts. China aims to increase nuclear power capacity to 40 gigawatts by 2020, but the government has said that target could be raised.