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China set to become key global nuclear player

28 Jul 2015

Currently China only generates about 2% of its total electricity using nuclear power, but its plans to increase capacity from 23 gigawatts to 58 GW by 2020, with an additional 30 GW under construction, mean that it is set to overtake most of the world’s key nuclear players.

Since 2012, China has added 11 new reactors and of the 64 reactors currently being built across the globe, 24 of these are in China.

China is expected to overtake Russia and South Korea and become the fourth-largest nuclear generating capacity in the world by the end of 2015.

This trend is likely to continue as China develops new advanced technology and reactor designs – strengthening the country’s position within the global nuclear power mix.