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China approves its first nuclear reactors in four years

12 Mar 2015

China has approved the construction of two new nuclear reactors. These reactors will be at the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant.

This approval gives the green light to nuclear power in the country following several slow years since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi project disaster in 2011.

The country’s nuclear power project expansion was put on hold, and although some already approved nuclear projects were able to progress, no new projects have been approved since the incident.

State-owned China General Nuclear Power Group received the first approval, giving the go ahead to the Chinese nuclear developers. The company already has two operating reactors and two others under construction at the same site, situated 70 miles north of Dalian in northern China.

These approvals mark a significant step towards China’s ambitious goals to install 58 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2020.

China currently has 22 nuclear reactors in operation, with a total capacity of 20 gigawatts.