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Nuclear industry to seek foreign help
By Bi Jian (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-27 06:26

China's ambitious plans to build some 30 nuclear reactors within the next 15 years will provide vast opportunities for foreign architecture & engineering (A&E) companies to cash in on the expanding clean energy sector, industry authorities said.

The Tianwan nuclear power plant is seen in this file photo taken on January 18, 2005. [newsphoto/file]
"The gigantic project, which means building approximately two reactors each year, will see a great demand for professional services in fuel resources procurement, project management & consulting, as well as infrastructure engineering," said Zhao Chengkun, senior advisor with the preparatory office of State Nuclear Power Technology Corp of China (SNPTC).

He was speaking yesterday at a nuclear forum in Beijing.

China, the world's second largest energy consumer after the United States, now has a policy of "actively promoting nuclear power construction."

In an effort to satiate the country's surging power demands, China aims to have a total nuclear installed capacity of 40 gigawatts by 2020, which will make up 4 per cent of the nation's aggregate power generation, from the current 2.3 per cent.

When building nuclear plants in previous years, nuclear research institutes were
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