July 14, 2005

China to build 10 nuclear reactors in east – paper

BEIJING (Reuters) - China Power Investment Corp., one of
the country's major electricity firms, plans to build 10
1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in the provinces of Shandong
and Liaoning to ease reliance on coal, a newspaper said on

It did not say which nuclear technology would be used or
when the project's construction was scheduled to begin and end.

"We will build six 1,000-megawatt reactors at Haiyang in
East China's Shandong province, as well as four similar ones at
Hongyanhe, Dalian in Liaoning province," the China Daily quoted
a senior director of the firm as saying.

China relies on coal for 70 percent of its booming energy
demand. It has the biggest coal mining industry in the world,
but also the most dangerous: last year, more than 6,000 people
were killed in mining accidents nationwide.

Coal burning has also contributed to China's environmental
woes, and the country is the world's second-largest producer of
greenhouse gasses.

Liu Changqing, the senior director with the China Power
Investment Corp., told the newspaper the central government had
already given preliminary project approvals, including the
environmental protection and safety assessments.

Further "procedures" needed to be examined by the National
Development and Reform Commission before infrastructure
construction could start, it said.

China is investing some 400 billion yuan ($48 billion) in
building 30 nuclear reactors by 2020, according to the China
National Nuclear Corporation.

China now has nine reactors, generating around 2.3 percent
of its electricity.