By staff reporter Li Qiyan
Officials said the decision marks a key step toward faster development of the nation’s nuclear power industry.
A China Electricity Council (CEC) expert told Caijing the confirmation of a technology base will help
“AP1000 technology is suitable for inland nuclear power plants,” said Wang Binghua, board chairman for the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. (SNPTC). “It is safer and more economical, and has unique advantages for nuclear power station construction in inland regions.”
All plants in a first batch of nuclear projects for inland regions have been slated to adopt the technology.
The process of choosing a technology has been a major hurdle for the nation’s nuclear industry.
In September 2004,
Wang said SNPTC has been preparing to promote inland nuclear projects based on AP1000 technology through the site selection process, technological research and development, and the drafting of standards.
As a result, several nuclear projects are expected to receive construction approval soon, including Daban project in
Each project already has been approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the government’s economic planner, and preparation work is supposed to begin this year.
NDRC is studying applications for additional inland projects in
A CEC expert told Caijing the government is currently mulling a plan to revise the national development scheme by adding inland projects.