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China's Nuclear Power Plants Contribute to Low Carbon Economy
Nuclear power has been generated here in China since the 1970s, though its share of electricity generation is still low. As energy shortages grow severe and carbon emissions from using fossil fuels lead to global warming, the world's largest growing economy is accelerating its independent nuclear power plant construction to meet renewed demand for clean energy. Zhang Ru has more.
Daya Bay is a picturesque place in south China's Guangdong Province. Home to the country's first large-scale nuclear power plant in commercial operation, it has four 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in operation, powering Hong Kong and Guangdong, the two richest regions in China.
China Nuclear Power Engineering Company is the constructor of the latest two reactors in Daya Bay. Its general manager, Doctor Shu Guogang, says generating nuclear energy helps dramatically reduce carbon emissions.
"Compared with fossil fueled stations of the same scale, the four reactors reduce 12 million tons of original coal, and 27 million tons carbon dioxide emissions every year. And it's achieved by just the four reactors here. So you can tell it'll be a large amount."
At present, more than 30 new reactors are under construction in different provinces across the Chinese mainland.
According to China's long-term goals for nuclear power generation, it will increase its installed total nuclear power capacity to 40 million kilowatts from the current 9 million by 2020. But Shu Guogang says this number should be higher still.
"We have estimated at least 70 million kilowatts will be installed. The original goal of nuclear energy's share of electricity generation was 4 percent. This number will also be increased to achieve the 40-45 percent reduction of carbon emissions per unit of economic output China has pledged in Copenhagen."
Though currently, nuclear energy's total capacity is less than 2 percent, insiders seem to hold an optimistic view on the future of the nuclear power industry.