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Nuclear project in east China to have new investor
27/1/2006 16:41

A leading Chinese power company has agreed to take a stake in a planned nuclear project in east China's Fujian Province, Friday's China Daily reported.
Datang International Power Generation Co Ltd, China's second-largest Hong Kong-listed generator, has entered into an investment agreement with Guangdong Nuclear Power Investment Co Ltd to establish Ningde Nuclear Power Company.
The project will cost 23.4 billion yuan (US$2.9 billion), with Datang ready to take 49 percent of the share, according to the Beijing-based newspaper.
The Ningde project consists of two 1,000-megawatt nuclear power generating units. The plan has been submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission for approval.
An unnamed official with Datang Power said the new project was part of the company's strategy to diversify its power sources, according to the paper.
He said this was because of increasing pressure from rising coal prices and environmental requirements. A nuclear power project will help reduce such pressure, as well as risks, according to the official.
He said Datang Power does not have experience in constructing nuclear power plants.
Apart from nuclear energy, the company is also developing other kinds of power plants, such as hydropower projects in southwest China. Diversification into nuclear power generation is a growing trend among Chinese power companies.
Although the initial capital investment is high, the government is supporting these projects and this year has introduced a new renewable energy law.


 Xinhua news