Articals of interest to the coal industry.

Monday, October 30, 2006

I bet they dont have near the NIMBY's (not in my back yard) we do here.

China to build new nuke power plant with USA dollars

BEIJING: China will build a new nuclear power plant in the central province of Hunan with an investment of 7.5 billion US dollars. The plant, designed with six nuclear reactors with installed capacity of six million kW, will be located at the Xiaomoshan Hill in Yueyang City, an official with the Hunan provincial department of commerce said. The Xiaomoshan Hill, about 184 km south of the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, was picked as the plant site in April last year by the State Power Design Institute and other authorities concerned, a news agency reported. The project was approved by the State Development and Reform Commission, the top planning body, in November last year and a feasibility study covering 26 subjects was then started, the report said. So far 23 subjects in the feasibility have been completed and the remaining three are expected to be completed by the end of this month. A report on environment effect and another on security analysis will also be finished by the end of this month, the report said. The plant will be built in three phases and all the initial preparatory work has been going on smoothly, the official said. China's power consumption has increased rapidly as a result of fast economic growth. The electricity consumption in the first quarter this year reached 624.98 billion kWh, a year on year rise of 11.81 per cent. Currently, China has nine nuclear generators in commercial operation with a total capacity of about seven million kW. China has decided to develop nuclear power projects in its inland regions and plans to increase the installed capacity to 58 million kW by 2020.

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