China will approve a small number of nuclear power projects along its coast by 2015 as it seeks to “steadily” resume normal construction of nuclear power facilities.
The Asian nation won’t plan for nuclear power projects inland and will raise entry requirements for the industry, according to a statement on the central government’s website that cited a State Council meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.
The government banned new nuclear power projects and ordered a nationwide inspection of existing plants after an earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan and prompted a global review of atomic energy projects.
New plants must be built based on the strictest global safety standards and equipment must conform to third-generation safety requirements, the government said in today’s statement.
The meeting mapped out “immediate and future” planning for the construction of nuclear power facilities, the statement said, without specifying when the new plant approvals will resume.
Nuclear power capacity will reach 40 million kilowatts by 2015, Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing a government white paper for the energy sector. Currently, nuclear power accounts for 1.8 percent of the nation’s total power generating capacity, below the global average of 14 percent, Xinhua reported.
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