China to approve only a few new reactors by 2015

Engineering News 24 October 2012.

China will restrict the number of new nuclear reactor approvals to a “small amount” before 2015, and will only allow them to be built in coastal regions, the government said on Wednesday.

At a meeting of the State Council chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, the Chinese government passed new nuclear safety and industry development plans which raised the safety standards for the nuclear sector.

According to a statement issued on official government website, China will use only “the highest global safety requirements” when building new reactors…

(Editor’s note: It is interesting that China is building four new Westinghouse AP1000 3rd generation plants and that “will be the first of their kind to go into operation”, as well as two Areva EPRs. As far as I know, the only EPR’s under construction are the ones at Flammanville and Olkiluoto  – both seriously delayed and grossly over budget. The point here is that our government, in the same breath, says we are only going to use mature and off-the-shelf nuclear technology, but we will also use the latest and safest technology – presumably meaning AP1000 and EPR, which are not mature at all. Lets hope our nuclear plans continue to get delayed.)

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