China has given the go ahead to a plan to start building the third phase of its Tianwan nuclear power plant on the east coast from October 2010, according to a government agency.

Two new reactors, each with a capacity of 1GW, will be built at the site in Jiangsu province, the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said in a statement on its website.

It is not clear which technology will be used for the third phase of the Tianwan plant, which will eventually have eight reactors and a total capacity of around 8GW, writes AFP.

The Chinese Government has set a target for nuclear power plants to reach a capacity of 40GW by 2020.