US to transfer nuclear reactor tech to China
By Fu Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-26 05:44
A senior US official yesterday expressed repeated commitment to transferring
nuclear reactor technologies to China. China has drafted ambitious plans to use
nuclear power to alleviate growing energy shortages.
Administrator of the US National Nuclear Security Administration, Linton
Brooks, told China Daily: "There is no reason why the (reactor) technology
should not be transferred to a country like China."
Industry insiders said the commitment from Brooks, who is also undersecretary
of the US Department of Energy, is expected to boost US nuclear power company
Westinghouse's attempts to win a US$8-billion contract to build four nuclear
reactors at Sanmen in Zhejiang Province and Guangdong Province's Yangjiang.
So far, the Chinese Government has been busy reviewing bid application from
the US company, France's Areva and Russia's AtomStroyExport.
Several high-level US officials have expressed interest in loosening controls
over exports of nuclear reactor technologies to China. The controls have
rendered Westinghouse unable to participate in China's nuclear reactor
construction, despite the company having had a presence here for years.
An earlier report said that Westinghouse plans to sell its new AP1000
reactor, which is to be approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the
end of the year.
China is considering picking one strong partner to help it build dozens of
new nuclear plants over the coming years, as part of the plan to raise the
country's nuclear power generating capacity fourfold by 2020 to 36,000
Brooks said the US will forge a partnership with China to enhance nuclear
He said a week-long demonstration has been organized by his department and
the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) in Beijing, to prevent nuclear material
theft, diversion and sabotage.
"The demonstration, which ends on Friday, is the first one we have held in
China, and in fact the first one we have held outside the US," said Brooks.
CAEA Chairman Sun Qin said the demonstration is to promote the adoption of
modern security practices and technologies at civilian nuclear facilities in
Brooks also said that the US does not conduct nuclear security co-operation
with China at military level, despite "the great potential."
(China Daily 10/26/2005 page2)