China Considering 20-Fold Increase in Nuclear Power by End of 2030
27 May 2007
Yomiuri Shimbun. The Chinese government plans to boost the country’s nuclear power generation capability by between 15 and 20 times its current level by the end of 2030, according to a speech made by a Chinese official close to the plan.
Currently, China has 10 nuclear reactors, which are capable of generating 8 million kilowatts. The National Development and Reform Commission, which administers China’s energy policy, plans to increase nuclear power generation to between 120 million and 160 million kilowatts, according to the official.
China has previously announced that it wanted to up nuclear power output to 40 million kilowatts by the end of 2020. To attain its goal under the new plan, China would need to build in excess of 100 nuclear reactors, each capable of generating 1 million kilowatts, over 20 years.
If the plan is realized, China would become the world’s largest generator of nuclear power, surpassing Japan, France and the United States.
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