GUANGZHOU, Aug. 16
(Xinhuanet) -- China has decided to build its largest nuclear power plant in
Yangjiang, a city in the southern province of Guangdong.
The decision was a result of a recently-concluded project evaluation
panel attended by nuclear experts from both home and abroad.
The project went into the planning stages in the mid-1990s and a
feasibility review was launched as early as in 1996 by the China Guangdong
Nuclear Power Group (CGNPG).
The government of Yangjiang city has agreed with CGNPG to set apart
472,485 square meters of land for the project, which will begin construction
The gross investment in the project will amount to 8 billion US
dollars, and the plant is expected to begin production within 15 to 20 years. It
will have six generators with an installed capacity of six million kilowatts.
Yangjiang is considered an ideal construction site, according to
Ouyang Yu and Qiu Dahong, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Xu
Damao, academician of the Academy of Engineering of China.
Embraced by mountains on three sides and facing the South China Sea, Yangjiang city boasts a favorable
geological condition. The academicians said that sea serves as a inexhaustible
source of freezing water.
The experts also said the thriving tertiary industries in the city
can provide the plant area with good logistical services.
According to Hu Wenquan, general manager of CGNPG, the electricity
consumption of Guangdong Province is steadily increasing. In the
first seven months this year, it grew by 18.1 percent more than the same period
However, Hu said, the power supply in the province can not meet the
surging demand, so it is hoped the Yangjiang nuclear power plant project will
solve the problem to some extent.
Domestic companies and those from the Untied States, Japan and France have bid
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