Power shortages and the pressures of energy saving and pollution reduction are forcing China to accelerate the development of nuclear power. The government plans to finish the construction of a next-generation large-scale nuclear power plant by 2017.
Wang Binghua, chairman of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC), told China Business News that normally it takes four years to develop one generation of nuclear power production. By importing, developing and digesting nuclear technology, China is now trying to gain from other’s experience in the design, research, construction and installation processes for third-generation nuclear power plants though capacity-increasing transformation. “I think we can do that by 2017,” said Wang.
China has already mastered the technology for second-generation power plant construction. The design of the first-stage of the Qinshan nuclear power plant was Chinese, while the Daya Bay plant was constructed jointly with Alstom of France, and both plants are now running smoothly. The second-stage Qinshan plant was designed and constructed and is operated and administrated by China itself.