(Yicai Global) Aug. 10 -- Lianyungang municipal government in Jiangsu province has temporarily suspended site selection for a Sino-French nuclear fuel cycle project due to growing public concern.
The Sino-French nuclear fuel cycle project is the largest co-operative project between China and France with investment of more than CNY100 billion (USD15 billion).
Once completed, the project will have three main functions. First, it will process 800 tons of fuels discharged from Chinese nuclear power plants each year to meet domestic demands on fuel processing. Second, it will build a center to store fuels discharged from nuclear power plants, with an initial storage capacity of 3,000 tons. Third, it will be capable of the vitrification of high-levels of radioactive waste, improving the safety of nuclear power plants.
The project has not been without controversy, and Lianyungang citizens have held protests against the proposed site being located in their city. Other provinces that have been scouted for potential site selection are Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong and Gansu.
Lianyungang municipal government announced on Aug. 7 that the project was still at a preliminary stage and that the location of the site is still to be determined.