China approved two new nuclear power projects last week, the first in more than a year, amid a renewed focus on energy security. The country is still heavily dependent on coal and other fossil fuels, but in May the State Council, China’s cabinet, stressed the need to develop different sources of energy in its annual work report.
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China’s homegrown nuclear technology took a significant step forward as a Hualong One reactor began loading fuel for the first time. China National Nuclear Power Co, a unit of China National Nuclear Corp, said fuel loading started at the Fuqing No 5 reactor, the first to use the domestic technology, on Sept 4 after securing an operating license from the nation’s Ministry of Ecology & Environment, according a statement on its WeChat account. No timeline was given for starting up the reactor. Hualong One development is being closely watched in the battle for the nation’s next-generation nuclear power systems. Its success could mean a nuclear revival in China that would have little to do with western developers including Westinghouse Electric Co from the US and France’s Electricite de France SA. China had almost 49 gigawatts of nuclear power installed as of 2019 and should get into the mid-fifties this year. GlobalData Plc predicts it will pass France as the world’s No 2 nuclear generator in 2022 and claim the top spot from the US four years after that.
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China has approved the construction of four nuclear reactors, two in coastal Zhejiang Province and two on the southeastern island of Hainan, at an estimated cost of $10.2bn. The State Council, China’s cabinet, cleared the way at the end of last week for the construction of the reactors, following a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. The Zhejiang duo will form a new nuclear plant at San’ao, and the Hainan pair will form an extension of the Changjiang plant in Hainan province.
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