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Third generation of high-tech nuke power on way
24/4/2007 17:14

Winny Wang/ Shanghai Daily news

China is working on the next generation of nuclear power technologies to enhance the country¡¯s innovative ability, according to sources with 2007 International Nuclear Power Energy Industry Exhibition.

The country will introduce the third-generation technology and set up two nuclear power units in Zhejiang Sanmen and Shandong Haiyang.

The so-called "3rd-generation" technology is expected to be safer and more economical than existing technology and will be incorporated in other nuclear power plants built between now and 2020.

China wants to raise the proportion of nuclear power in the country from the current 1.6 percent to four percent by 2020 - this translates to 30 million kilowatts of nuclear power capacity in the next 13 years.

The first nuclear power exhibition was in 1995 and is held every two years in China. It attracts nearly 200 companies from more than 20 countries and regions, including France, Russia, Spain and Japan.