China approves building Haiyang nuclear power plant

BEIJING, Sept 28 Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:37pm EDT

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BEIJING, Sept 28 (Reuters) - China's cabinet, the State Council, has formally approved the construction of Shandong Haiyang Nuclear Power Station, State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC) said on Friday.

The power station in eastern Shandong province is the second in the country that will be based on the third-generation AP1000 technology imported from U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Co., owned by Toshiba Corp. (6502.T).

Two nuclear power generating units, each with a capacity of 1.25 gigawatts (GW), would be brought online in 2014 and 2015 respectively, SNPTC said in a post on its website (www.snptc.com.cn)

SNPTC is in charge of third-generation nuclear power technology imports and localisation.

A formal ceremony to mark the beginning of construction would be held in mid-October, the official Xinhua news agency reported over the weekend.

China would start building five nuclear plants this year, two based on Westinghouse technology, one based on technology from France's Areva CEPFi.PA and two on domestic technology, a deputy head of the National Energy Administration said in April.

China has launched a series of measures to boost the supply of alternative energy, including nuclear, wind and solar power, and reduce its dependence on coal.

But government and industry officials have warned that blind expansion and the risk of overcapacity could undermine healthy development of clean energy sources.

Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration, said on Sunday that China may have to put the brakes on the construction of nuclear power plants to ensure they are safe.[ID:nPEK227803]

For a table of China's nuclear power plants and plans, please click: [ID:nPEK248156] (Reporting by Jim Bai and Chen Aizhu; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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