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The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.
This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.
The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.
The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.
- Source: Nucnet
- Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
- Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020
Innovation has always been at the heart of the nuclear power industry and its future depends on this commitment to technological advancement in both large and small reactor designs. This was the message of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) General Ministerial Conference held in Washington DC last week.
- Source: World Nuclear News
- Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
- Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Conference-Advancing-the-rebirth-of-nuclear-power
South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission on 18 June approved the restart of unit 3 at the Shin Kori NPP, which was shut down in January for scheduled maintenance. The decision was taken after planned maintenance was completed at Shin-Kori 3, an Ap-1400 pressurised water reactor. South Korea currently operates 24 power reactors that generate 27% percent of its total electricity. However, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power’s (KHNP’s) board of directors recently decided to shut down unit 1 at the Wolsong NPP, South Korea’s second oldest reactor, before the end of its lifetime. KHNP CEO Chung Jae-hoon said this is in line with the government’s plans to reduce nuclear power in the national energy mix. Wolsong 1, a 657MWe Candu 6 unit, began commercial operation in 1983. Its 30-year operational licence expired in 2012 but was extended for 10 years to 2022. KHNP said its decision was based on the "uncertain economic viability" of its continued operation and recent low operating performance.
- Source: NEI Magazine
- Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
- Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-korean-phase-out-may-impact-exports-6214752
Canada’s Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, on 17 April signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) on possible Canadian participation in construct the fusion reactor now being built at Cadarache in France.
- Source: NEI Magazine
- Date: Monday, 30 April 2018
- Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-considers-rejoining-iter-6133160