China Is Building More Nuclear Reactors Than Any Other Country, National Energy Administration Says
(Yicai Global) Oct. 31 -- China has 19 nuclear power reactors under construction, more than any other country, and they will have a combined installed capacity of 21.87 million kilowatts (kW), Qin Zhijun, deputy director of the National Energy Admintration's nuclear power divion, said at a press conference today.>
Mainland China has 37 nuclear units with a capacity of 35.63 million kW. They generated 182.9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the first three quarters of th year, accounting for 4.2 percent of the country's power.
Their production offset the burning of 57.06 million tons of standard coal, reducing coal power plants' carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide emsions by 149.5 million tons, 500,000 tons and 420,000 tons, respectively.
The 19th Communt Party of China National Congress' report advocated the development of a beautiful China. The promotion of an energy production and consumption revolution should be accelerated, a clean and low-carbon energy system that safe and efficient should built and nuclear power will play an active role, the report said. The next 10 to 15 years may be an important opportunity for the advancement of nuclear power in China, Qin said.