Total investment put at more than $16 billion

China is planning for 70 GW (gross) of installed nuclear capacity by 2025, up from 53 GW.

China has approved expansion projects at three nuclear power stations, according to a statement from the State Council released on Monday (31 July).

Six new nuclear units have been approved to expand three existing stations in Shandong province, Fujian province and Liaoning province, according to a report in state-backed online media outlet The Paper.

The Paper gave no details of the type and capacity of new units or exactly where they would be built.

There are a total of seven existing nuclear stations in the three provinces: Haiyang and Shidao Bay in Shandong province, eastern China; Ningde, Fuqing and Zhangzhou in Fujian province, southeast China; and Xudabu and Hongyanhe in Liaoning province, northeast China.

Total investment in the new units is estimated at 120 billion yuan ($16.7bn, €15bn), according to The Paper.

In April 2022 the State Council approved the construction of two new reactors at each of the Haiyang, Lufeng and Sanmen nuclear power station sites.

In September 2022 reports said China had approved four further new reactors at Lianjiang and Zhangzhou.

State news agency Xinhua and the China Nuclear Energy Association said the approvals brought the number of approved new nuclear power units to 10 in 2022, the highest yearly number in more than a decade.

According to China’s 14th and latest Five-Year Plan, which covers the period 2021-2025, the government was planning for 70 GW (gross) of installed nuclear capacity by 2025.

China’s fleet of 55 nuclear plants has an installed capacity of about 53 GW.

Date: Wednesday, 02 August 2023
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