China to get back to construction of nuclear plants

China to get back to construction of nuclear plants

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After the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, the construction of new nuclear power stations has been suspended is most parts of Asia. However the suspension has now been lifted in China, and a small number of plants will be launched by 2015.

All the nuclear sites will be located at coastal areas, according to our reports. Before the Fukushima disaster, some energy officials indicated that China would establish as many as 40 nuclear energy projects during the 12th five-year plan, in the period between 2011-15, in response at least seven inland provinces applied to host plants.

The government also released a statement on its website which said that China will resume construction of its nuclear power plants in a steady and orderly way, and at a reasonable price. On October 24, 2012, two programs were approved, the national plan for power security and one for nuclear power development.

The plans were approved at a meeting of the state council which was chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. The government also approved the national energy development program up to 2015 at the meeting. The power generation capacity of China accounts for just 1.8 percent of its electricity which is lower than the average 14 percent for countries which have nuclear power. China will not be able to compete with other countries in terms of utilizing nuclear energy effectively if it back out of plans for nuclear plants.