chinanukesuspend

China suspended approval March 16 of 28 planned nuclear power plants while it revised safety standards, the New York Times reported. The announcement reportedly came after Premier Wen Jiabao met with top advisers to discuss Japan’s nuclear crisis.

The government said it was also requiring safety checks at all existing plants.

“We must fully grasp the importance and urgency of nuclear safety, and development of nuclear power must make safety the top priority,” the government was quoted as saying on its Web site.

Three days ago, before the gravity of the nuclear disaster in Japan was clear, a top Chinese official restated China’s commitment to nuclear power.

Officials have said that 28 new nuclear plants had been approved, which would amount to roughly 40 percent of the plants now planned worldwide.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...