China has 36.93 GW of nuclear power generation capacity across 38 units, data from the China Nuclear Energy Association has shown. Most of this is concentrated in coastal provinces where nuclear accounts for 15-25 percent of the power generation mix. Yet this is nothing compared to China’s plans for nuclear energy: the country is eyeing capacity of 88 GW by 2020, installed and under construction. To this end, it is boosting its manufacturing capabilities and to date, it can make between 8 and 10 cores for pressurized water reactors annually. The core is the part of the reactor where the nuclear reaction takes place. A recent report by the China Nuclear Energy Association, however, warned that if Beijing is to meet its 2020 nuclear capacity targets, it would need to build faster. This year, the non-government organization said, five reactors will be launched out of 20 that are under construction. But five a year is not enough: China needs to launch between six and eight reactors annually to hit the target of 88 GW in operation by 2020. The five reactors to be launched this year will add 6 GW to China’s power generation capacity as the country seeks to reduce its dependence on coal, which currently accounts for 70 percent of power generation.
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The Chinese Academy of Sciences has apologised for a Taoist animal sacrifice ritual carried out at the site of one of its high-priority nuclear projects. It suspended two senior officials overseeing the site in Gansu province for doing nothing to stop the butchering of a lamb. “We’re tasked with pushing for scientific progress and with promoting the spirit of science,” the academy said. “We offer our sincere apology for any act contrary to the spirit of science that has occurred in the process of this project.”
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