China to build first inland
nuclear power plant
China has planned to
build its first nuclear power plant in the inland areas in central China's Hunan Province.
China National Nuclear Corporation, together with China Three Gorges Project
Corporation, China Resources Co. Ltd and Hunan Xiangtou Holdings Group Co. Ltd,
inked an agreement Wednesday to build a joint-venture, Hunan Taohua River
Nuclear Power Co. Ltd, to operate the project.
The plant will be located in Lishanhe
Town, Taojiang County of
Yiyang City. 湖南省益阳市 It has a planned installation capacity of four million kilowatts,
half of which will be completed in the first phase of the project.
The plant is expected to the first nuclear power plant built in China's inland
two major nuclear plants, Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant and Qinshan Nuclear
Power Plant, are both situated in the coastal areas.
According to a state nuclear power development plan adopted by the State
Council in 2006, China
will increase its combined nuclear power capacity to 40,000 megawatts by 2020,
a plan that will require about two 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plants to be
built each year for the next 15 years.
The second phase of Qinshan was completed in the first half of 2006, which
has an installation capacity of 600,000 kilowatts.
has six nuclear power plants with 11 reactors, all located along its
economically thriving east and southeast coasts.
Companies have announced plans to build more plants in the provinces of
southeast Fujian, eastern Shandong and central Hunan.
Source: Xinhua 2/18/2007