PROJECT | Staff Reporter, China

China greenlights three nuclear power plants

One in Shandong province is already under construction.

China's National Energy Administration said it has approved three nuclear power projects in three coastal cities after a three-year hiatus.

One of the three newly approved projects based in Rongcheng county of East China's Shandong Province is already under construction, according to local media.

The other two in South China's Guangdong Province and Southeast China's Fujian Province are poised to start immediately.

"Excess electricity has been used up in the past three years so we need to launch new projects," Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, told Global Times.

Moreover, China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) has introduced a nuclear project in Zhangzhou and invited public comment.

Site selection began in 2006 for the Taipingling nuclear power project in Huizhou, the fifth nuclear project in South China's Guangdong Province.

China's last nuclear power project dates back to 2015, when eight regular nuclear power units were constructed.

The state had 45 nuclear power units in commercial operation, with an installed capacity of 45,895MW of electricity, according to the China Nuclear Energy Association.

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