Shenzhen: South China's Guangdong Province is planning to spend nearly 74
billion yuan (US$9.45 billion) building three major nuclear power stations by
The size of the investment will set a precedent for spending on
power-generation, surpassing outlays on traditional coal-fired and hydroelectric
power plants, Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday.
During the 11th Five-year Plan (2006-10), Guangdong will focus on developing
the second phase of the Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station, the first phase of
Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station and the first phase of Taishan Nuclear Power
Station, said Chen Shanru, director of the Development and Reform Commission of
By 2020, the installed capacity of all nuclear power stations in Guangdong is
expected to reach 24 million kilowatts, accounting for 60 per cent of the
country's total nuclear power output.
Of the country's current installed capacity of 8.7 million kilowatts, nearly
4 million kilowatts are generated in Guangdong.
The project is part of a larger effort to restructure the province's
power-supply. The project's goal is to develop more clean energy to fuel
Guangdong's fast-growing economy, Chen was quoted as saying.
The province, which is home to the country's largest economy, lacks the
energy resources necessary to develop traditional power stations. Guangdong
imports most of its coal and petroleum from other parts of the country or from
Construction of the second phase of Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station in Shenzhen
started at the end of last year.
It was the country's only nuclear power station project between 2001 and
2005. Its two 1-million-kilowatt power generators will start operating in 2010
Construction of the first phase of the Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station will
start early next year.
The time frame for the Taishan Nuclear Power Station has not been decided
Both the Yangjiang and Taishan plants are located in West Guangdong.
Chen said the province had chosen 10 sites for new nuclear power stations,
and the feasibility studies have been going smoothly.
Two projects, located in Zhaoqing and Yunfu, are expected to take priority
among the 10, according to the Xinhua News Agency report.
(China Daily 12/25/2006 page3)