BEIJING, Sept 28 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
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
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(Reporting by Jim Bai and Chen Aizhu; Editing by Chris Lewis)