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China to Build Reactors With US Nuclear Technology

RIA Novosti, PUBLISHED 25.04.2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed off on a plan to build AP1000 reactors, a third-generation US nuclear technology, at several of the countrys power plants, the Want China Times newspaper reported Thursday.

The paper reported that according to the website of the National Nuclear Safety Administration, the Chinese government has approved a project for two reactors each at the Xudabao and Haiyang nuclear power plants.

Last week, Chinas National Energy Commission said an energy project will begin on nuclear power plants and power transmission lines in coastal regions. The initiative came after the Chinese government proposed to resume construction of nuclear power plants in the east of the country.

The idea to review its nuclear energy policy was announced by Beijing after the Fukushima disaster. In March 2011, Japan was hit by a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, claiming more than 15,000 lives and causing a number of explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

In what has been dubbed the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, three of the plants reactors underwent a partial meltdown as radiation leaked into the atmosphere, soil and seawater.

Topics: China, AP-1000


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