China opens new nuclear research centre

1 December 2016

A new research and development centre was opened on 29 November in China’s coastal city of Yantai in Shandong Province, aiming to solve technical challenges in China's domestic nuclear projects, Xinhua news agency reported. The centre was jointly built by three of state-owned nuclear power companies - China General Nuclear Power Corporation, China National Nuclear Corporation and State Power Investment Corporation - and the privately-owned Yantai Taihai Group.

Ten research institutes established by the centre will focus on areas including utilization of nuclear power, radiation protection, energy storage and nuclear-waste treatment, according to Shu Guogang, the centre's director. The research will address the technical problems of mass production in China's third-generation domestic nuclear power projects, such as the Hualong One reactors, Shu said.

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