The Chinese Government has approved the construction of Haiyang nuclear power station in Shandong province, the latest of China’s third generation nuclear projects.

Two nuclear power generating units, using advanced AP1000 technology, will be built in phase I in Shandong, each with an installed capacity of 1.25 million KW, reports China Daily.

The nuclear units will be put into operation in May 2014 and March 2015 respectively, according to a statement from the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC).

The Haiyang nuclear project is the second to be equipped with the AP1000 technology, the third-generation nuclear power reactor designed by US company Westinghouse Electric.

SNPTC said it would officially start the construction in October this year to eventually build six nuclear power units.

Shandong Haiyang nuclear power station is located between the cities of Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai.