Nuclear Reactors to Use Advanced Technology


"10 of China's proposed nuclear reactors will use Westinghouse's AP1000."

A Chinese energy official said 10 of China's proposed nuclear power reactors will use Westinghouse's AP1000 advanced technology, which is considered safer.

The U.S. company's technology, described as among the most advanced in the world, operates longer, a China Daily report said, adding China is currently building the largest number of nuclear power stations worldwide.

The AP1000, a third-generation technology, will be used on six reactors at three inland nuclear plants in Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces, and on two pairs of reactors in coastal Zhejiang and Shandong provinces, said the official, who asked not to be identified citing security reasons.

"The technology will upgrade China's nuclear power industry, which is seeing its fastest development now," the official said.

The projects will need final government approval before construction can begin.

The report said China, the world's second-largest energy user, operates 11 nuclear power reactors with a total capacity of 9.1 gigawatts (GW), accounting for about 1% of the country's total power capacity. Plans call for increasing the capacity to 70 GW to 80 GW by 2020 to account for 5% of the total power capacity.

The report said security of nuclear plants remains a concern. Last month, there was reportedly a small leak at a Hong Kong nuclear power plant, leading to a slight increase in radioactivity levels in one of the units' cooling water.

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