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

China National Radio:

I have two questions. First, we know that central state-owned enterprise sector is being restructured. Considering market performance, five fields including nuclear power are facing highest expectations. Could you please give an introduction to the process of the nuclear power restructuring? Second, last year, the national nuclear power program was restarted with a proposal for a threefold increase in generating capacity in five years. Does it mean that China will speed up the construction of inland nuclear power stations? The white paper, China's Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, issued today shows that more emphasis on the nuclear safety. Will the construction of inland nuclear power stations affect this in any way? Thank you.

Xu Dazhe:

China is developing the work in all aspects according to the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy, and comprehensively deepening reform is an important aspect of this. The restructuring of the nuclear power sector is surely an issue that we are closely concerned with. Actually, the State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation and the China Power Investment Corporation implemented restructuring last year and have become one of the three main forces of China's nuclear power operation. We now have the China National Nuclear Corporation, the China General Nuclear Power Corporation, as well as the State Power Investment Corporation.

The next step in reforming nuclear power enterprises involves the process, in accordance with the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy. You should contact the energy and the central state-owned enterprises administration departments concerned for more information. As an atomic energy department, we actively support and develop relevant nuclear equipment research and development enterprise and nuclear power units. This is my answer to your first question.

In regard to the second question, you asked whether nuclear power development would move to inland areas. We now mainly site nuclear power plants in coastal areas. From north to south, in eight different provinces, we have 54 nuclear power units that are already in operation or under construction, namely Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. This differs from the situation in France. It has constructed and operated many nuclear power plants in its inland areas and along rivers. China policy in developing nuclear power is first to meet demand. The eastern area of China has developed in advance of other parts, and has the most active economy, so that's why we give priority to the coastal areas.

On the issue of inland development, we are reviewing this based on energy demand. However, ensuring security is our basic premise and we will certainly look at ideas from countries around the world with operational experience before implementing the strategy. Thank you.

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