National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China has announced plans to expand its network of nuclear power by setting up multiple offshore projects.
NDRC secretary general Li Pumin has said that the projects will follow all international security standards, according to PTI.
National Energy Administration nuclear power department head Liu Baohua stated that efforts to draft related administrative rules for nuclear power development have also been bolstered, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua.
China Nuclear Engineering chief engineer Zhuang Huolin was quoted by Xinhua as saying: "The decision will help unleash the industry’s potential."
China presently depends on thermal power for its electricity requirements and the initiative is aimed at diversifying power generation in the country.
The country presently has 27 nuclear power plants under construction, reports the news agency.
However, it produces less than 2% power from nuclear sources, a lot less than the global average of 15%.
China had been sceptical about starting new nuclear projects after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Domestic companies however have improved their capabilities and safety standards, with China Nuclear Engineering Group (CNECC) having the capacity to construct 40 similar power projects with 310 standard nuclear power construction systems under its portfolio.
China General Nuclear Power (CGN) chief engineer Zheng Hua was quoted by Xinhua as saying: "China can not only supply advanced technology, but also project solutions for foreign countries."
Image: Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant in Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Photo: courtesy of ChNPP / Wikipedia.