Construction on the four nuclear power projects and eight units
to be built during the "ninth Five Year Plan" began and
is expected to be fully operational during the "10th Five-year
Plan". According to the China Atomic Energy Authority, the
quality, progress, and investments into the four nuclear power plants
are all proceeding smoothly. The plants will lay a solid foundation
for the scheduled integration grids and power generators.
These four nuclear projects are Qingshang Phase 2, Qingshan Phase
3, Lingao and Tianwan nuclear power stations. They have a total
installation capacity of 6.6 million kilowatt, three times that
of the nuclear power plants Qingshan Phase 1 and Dayawan currently
up and running. Zhang Huazhu, director of China Atomic Energy Authority
points out that the beginning of construction on the four nuclear
projects during the "ninth Five Year Plan" signifies that
China is out of the preliminary stages of nuclear power construction.
Zhang points out that the development of China's nuclear power industry
must take the road of national production, using the current technology
and equipment to be able to design nuclear power plants without
foreign help. By using Sino-foreign joint ventures to attract the
newest technology, China should set the goal of being able to design,
construct, manufacture and operate nuclear power plants by itself.
The safety in the Qingshang Phase 1 and Dayawan nuclear power stations
should be stressed along with quality of construction quality.
(People's Daily 07/21/2000)