China approves two new nuclear projects

3 January 2024

China’s State Council has approved two new nuclear power projects and called for intensified support for the innovation and development of the nuclear power industry with an emphasis on boosting competitiveness in related equipment and industries. Approval has been granted for the Taipingling nuclear power project in Guangdong province, as well as the Jinqimen nuclear power project in Zhejiang province, according to an executive meeting of China’s Cabinet chaired by Premier Li Qiang.

The meeting highlighted the importance of the security of nuclear power, emphasising the need to adhere to the highest global safety standards and requirements while advancing project construction at a good pace.

Taipingling will eventually host six Hualong One reactors. The construction of units 1&2 (Phase One) began in 2019 and 2020. The first unit is scheduled to start up in 2025. Once all six units are completed the annual electricity generation will be about 50TWh, according to China General Nuclear (CGN).

Jinqimen, in Fan'Ao Town, Xiangshan, Ningbo in Zhejiang is in the pre-construction stage. Six Hualong One units are planned of the site, according to China National Nuclear Corporation). In June, the Ministry of Ecology & Environment accepted the environmental impact assessment document for units 1&2 of the construction project. Construction is expected to take 60 months, with an interval of 10 months between the two units. Unit 1 is expected to be completed and put into operation by the end of 2028.

Image: Taipingling nuclear power project in Guangdong province

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