China’s southern Guangdong province intends to increase its nuclear power generating capacity to 24GW by 2020.

Li Miaojuan, director of Guangdong Development and Reform Commission, said the development of nuclear power in the province would improve its power-consuming structures, writes Reuters.

The target is in line with China’s ambition to develop alternative power resources, along with solar, wind and nuclear, decreasing its dependence on coal and lower pollution.

The target is around 2.6 times China’s total nuclear generating capacity of 9.1GW. The country is considering raising its target for installed nuclear power generating capacity to 86GW by 2020, double its previous goal of 40GW.