China announces plans to build 32 nuclear power plants in next 15 years
Associated Press (February 27, 2006)
BEIJING - China will build 32 nuclear plants over
the next 15 years in an effort to meet the country's
burgeoning energy needs - more than doubling its reliance
on the controversial source, the government said Monday.
With the new plants, the country's nuclear generating
capacity will reach 40 gigawatts and account for 4
percent of the nation's total - up from 1.59 percent
now - the official China Securities Journal said,
citing Shen Wenquan, vice director of the state-run
China National Nuclear Corporation.
China's government is investing heavily in nuclear
power in an effort to meet its booming economy's surging
power demands and limit its reliance on imported oil.
The report Monday said that most of China's nuclear
power plants are currently located in its highly developed
coastal areas, and that it is considering building
more in the interior hinterland, such as Sichuan province.
China now has nine nuclear reactors in operation,
the report said.
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