10-08-2008 10:22

China's Huaneng Group has launched a demonstration of its nuclear power project, at a plant in Shandong Province.

China's Huaneng Group has launched a demonstration of its nuclear power project, at a plant in Shandong Province.
China's Huaneng Group has launched a demonstration of its 
nuclear power project, at a plant in Shandong Province.

Parties involved in the project signed agreements in Beijing on Tuesday. The HTR-PM project, which stands for "High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor Pebble-bed Module" is the most advanced nuclear reactor at the moment. It was entirely developed by Tsinghua University and is the first such plant with an installed capacity of 200 thousand kilowatts.

Zhang Yanke, Deputy President of China Huaneng Group said "This nuclear power plant can save 550 thousand tons of coal a year, and cut carbon dioxide emission by one million tons, compared to thermal plants with the same capacity. It also has lower emissions of sulfur dioxide."

The gross output value of China's nuclear industry has been growing at a rate of more than 20 percent for the past five years. Construction has already begun on larger capacity power projects boasting more than 21 billion kilowatts.

Zhang Guobao, Director of National Energy Bureau of NDRC said "Power from nuclear plants still makes up a small fraction of China's energy sources. Total capacity for the country's nuclear plants will reach 800 billion kilowatts by the end of this year. But nuclear power only accounts for less than 2 percent in China. The world's average level is 17 percent."

Nuclear power is considered a clean alternative. It emits 100 million tons less carbon dioxide every year, compared to thermal power.

Under the nuclear power development plan, China will have nuclear power generating units with a capacity of over 40 million kilowatts by 2020. By then, nuclear power will account for at least 4 percent of the country's total power generating capacity.


Editor:Xiong Qu