SCIO briefing on China's nuclear emergency preparedness

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Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, director general of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), and deputy director of theNational Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee (CNNECC)

Hu Kaihong, vice director-general of the Press Bureau, State Council Information Office

Jan.27, 2016

The Times:

The plan of China's nuclear power enterprises to build nuclear plants in Britain has drawn concerns from British citizens over safety issues. How can you assure them that the nuclear plants are safe in the future?

Xu Dazhe:

Thank you for your question. First of all, China, France and Britain are leading countries in nuclear energy production and we are highly confident of the cooperation among the three countries. The Hinckley Point project in Britain, with the China General Nuclear Power Cooperation (CGN) taking a part, is expected to be a model program for international cooperation. With the shared development encouraged by the Chinese government, we remain confident of the transfer of the Sino-France nuclear energy technology when cooperating with the major countries of nuclear power in the world. In other words, we are confident of the construction of the project.

To my knowledge, the Hinckley Point project will be led by France in the first and second phases. China won't play a big role in the construction until the third phase.The third generation technology provided by Hualong One is widely recognized in the sector. With the application of active and passive safety measures, as well as the "double safety shells" and "multiple safety redundancies" schemes, which will help reduce the power density of fuel rods, the nuclear technology of Hualong One has been highly recognized. We are confident that the construction of the Hinckley Point project will proceed smoothly with the joint efforts of the three countries. Thank you.

Hu Kaihong:

That's all for today's press conference. Thank you.

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