Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Thursday, March 18, 2004	

Nuclear energy to relieve China's power demands	

China's three major nuclear power bases including Qinshan plant , 
Daya Bay plant and Tianwan plant  will boast 
a combined capacity of 8.7 million kilowatts in two years, outlining 
the country's nuclear landscape. 	
  	

China's three major nuclear power bases including Qinshan plant, Daya 
Bay plant and Tianwan plant will boast a combined capacity of 8.7 
million kilowatts in two years, outlining the country's nuclear 
landscape.   Kang Rixin, general manager of the China Nuclear Industry 
Croup Corporation, said at a recent exhibition that nuclear power is 
expected to become a major means of relieving China's power demands in 
the first two decades of the 21st century.   Electricity generated by 
nuclear power accounted for only 1.4 percent of China's total 
electricity supply by May 2003,, compared to 16 percent in developed 
countries, according to figures from the Chinese Academy of Sciences 
 (CAS).   Xu Jianzhong, a researcher with the 
Institute of Engineering Thermophysics under the CAS said that China 
is expected to obtain 4 percent of its electricity, or 32 million 
kilowatts generated by nuclear plants by 2020. Eight generating units 
are currently operating in the three bases, with another three due to 
begin operation in the next two years.   Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, 
the first nuclear power plant on the Chinese mainland, is housed in 
China's economically developed eastern Zhejiang 
province, on the northern bank of Hangzhou Bay.   Daya Bay Nuclear 
Power Plant is located in south China's Guangdong 
Province, and Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant is in Lianyungang City of 
Jiangsu Province, also in the booming east.    	

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