Development of nuclear energy in China's inland areas is not
only feasible but necessary, said a deputy to the National People's
Congress (NPC), the top legislature of China.
"Now China has the ability to solve safety and environmental
protection problems in inland areas, where shortage of primary
energy and electricity is showing up while people could afford
higher power charges," said Fan Mingwu, academician with the
Chinese Academy of Engineering and former president of Huazhong
University of Science and Technology.
China's first nuclear power station, the Qinshan Nuclear Power
Station nestling in the Hangzhou Bay of east China, started power
generation on Dec. 15 1991 and has operated safely.
Fan said that the site was chosen with safety and environmental
protection as the most important consideration, because it is
convenient to fetch water and discharge treated sewage there.
China's current six nuclear power plants with 11 reactors are
all located along its economically thriving east and southeast
coasts, which faced acute shortage of primary energy and
With the fast economic growth, short supply of electricity also
looms in central China, so timely actions should be taken to build
nuclear power plants to support economic development in this
region, Fan said.
To meet the dramatically growing demand for electricity
consumption, China has vowed to increase its combined nuclear power
capacity to 40,000 megawatts by the year 2020.
Last year, China's produced 2,834 billion kwh of electricity,
including 54.3 billion kwh of nuclear power.
It was reported earlier that China's first inland nuclear power
plant would be built in Lishanhe Town, Yiyang City of central
China's Hunan Province, with a planned installed capacity of 4
(Xinhua News Agency March 10, 2007)