China to launch construction of five new nuclear reactors with total capacity of 5 Gigawatts in 2015

Jan 16, 2015 19:00 IST

China will launch the construction of at least five new nuclear reactors with a total capacity of more than 5 Gigawatts in 2015. The decision was announced by the Deputy Secretary General of Nuclear Society of China, Shen Lixin on 15 January 2015.

At Present, China has 22 nuclear reactors in operation and 26 under construction. China launched the construction of five nuclear reactors in 2014 and had planned to keep up the pace of construction of nuclear reactors in 2015.

According to the World Nuclear Association, four new reactors started operating in Fujian, Liaoning and Guangdong provinces of China in 2014.

In 2012, State Council of China outlined the current nuclear reactor construction goals and approved the 12th Five-year Plan for Nuclear Safety and Radioactive Pollution Prevention and Vision for 2020. It is aimed to triple China’s atomic energy capacity to at least 58 gigawatts by 2020.

China allocated 13 billion US dollars to improve safety at nuclear reactors of China and also to decrease severe air pollution caused by coal fired plants.

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