China’s Five-Year Energy Plan Targets Nuclear Power Development

Several nuclear power plants are being constructed to reach China’s goal of having nuclear power account for 0.9 percent of all first-time energy consumption in the country.

BEIJING - A five-year plan for energy development in China will accelerate the construction of nuclear and hydroelectric power stations, according to research by Industrial Info Resources.

Under the plan, issued by China's National Development and Reform Commission, nuclear power will account for 0.9 percent of all first-time energy consumption in China, by advancing the construction of several nuclear projects, including: the first phase of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in the southeastern province of Jiangsu, the second phase of the Lingao Nuclear Power Plant, the Yangjiang nuclear project in the southern province of Guangdong, and the Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant in the southern province of Zhejiang.

The Tianwan Nuclear Power Station is the largest joint project between China and Russia. The first-phase involves two generators with single-unit capacity of 1,060 megawatts and will begin commercial operation in the second quarter of 2007, Industrial Info reports.

The Yangjiang project is scheduled to start commercial operation in 2012, while the Sanmen project, with six, 1-million-kilowatt class generator groups, will begin construction this year.

In February, Areva, a French energy company, reportedly signed a contract with China to build reactors at Yangjiang, while Westinghouse received two nuclear reactor contracts for Sanmen, Industrial Info’s report said.