China Approves Two Nuclear Power Projects at a Cost of USD11.5 Billion
Lin Chunting
DATE:  Sep 15 2022
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
China Approves Two Nuclear Power Projects at a Cost of USD11.5 Billion China Approves Two Nuclear Power Projects at a Cost of USD11.5 Billion

(Yicai Global) Sept. 15 -- China has given the go-ahead for two new nuclear power projects in the south of the country costing about CNY80 billion (USD11.5 billion) to add energy capacity and promote green development.

An executive meeting of the State Council, China’s cabinet, approved the second phase of the Zhangzhou project in Fujian province and the first phase of the Lianjiang project in Guangdong province, according to a notice posted on the government’s website yesterday.

State-owned China National Nuclear Corporation will be responsible for the second phase of Zhangzhou, while State Power Investment, the world's largest renewable power producer, will oversee the first phase of Lianjiang, Yicai Global learned.

“Since the start of the year, the Chinese government has approved investment and construction of eight nuclear power units, a record high number in more than a decade,” an industry insider told Yicai Global.

At Zhangzhou and Lianjiang, CNNC and State Power Investment will build two nuclear power reactors costing CNY20 billion each. They will be able to generate 1,212 megawatts of electricity apiece, CNNC’s listed unit China National Nuclear Power said late yesterday.

The Zhangzhou project will use China's self-developed Hualong One third-generation atomic power technology, while the Lianjiang project will use CAP1000 third-gen technology, which originated from Westinghouse’s AP1000 technology.

Clean, Reliable Energy

Hualong One technology has already been applied and is operating successfully in four commercial nuclear reactors worldwide. The two reactors of the first phase of the Zhangzhou project also use this technology, and are expected to be ready in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Nuclear power is clean, low-carbon, and provides high energy density, so China's coastal provinces are keen to build atomic power plants, industry sources told Yicai Global. The projects can also boost local economies and unlike other types of green energy projects, such as wind farms and solar power stations, nuclear power is not reliant on the weather.

From this year through 2025, China will continue to approve the construction of six to eight nuclear power units a year and increase the operating capacity of atomic power to about 70 gigawatts, according to Wang Shoujun, chairman of the Chinese Nuclear Society.

By next year, nuclear power will account for 10 percent of China’s electricity generation, double that of 2021, he said.

Coastal provinces such as Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Liaoning, have included nuclear power plant construction in their economic development plans as one of the key tasks promoted by the provincial authorities this year, Yicai Global learned.

Shares of China National Nuclear Power [SHA: 601985] edged up 0.6 percent today to close at CNY6.48 (93 US cents). The stock has fallen 22 percent this year.

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