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Haiyang nuclear plant gets green light

CHINA'S State Council has given the go-ahead to Shandong Haiyang nuclear power station's phase-one project.

The Cabinet's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a statement on its Website yesterday that two nuclear power generating units would be built in Shandong Province in the first phase of the project. Each will have an installed capacity of 1.25 million kilowatts, it said.

China Power Investment Corp and State Nuclear Power Technology Corp plan to put one unit into operation in 2014 and one in 2015.

The plant would use AP1000 technology, a third-generation nuclear power reactor designed by United States-based Westinghouse. The Haiyang plant will have six units each with a generating capacity exceeding 1 million kilowatts.

In an effort to tackle climate change, the government has accelerated the construction of hydropower, nuclear, solar and wind power capacities. It plans to increase the proportion of new energy in total energy consumption to 10 percent by 2010 and to 15 percent by 2020.

The country's development plan calls for nuclear power capacity to reach 40 million kilowatts by 2020.


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