China breaks ground on new nuclear reactor projects

A moratorium on new nuclear reactors in China implemented in the wake of the Fukushima disaster has officially ended, as construction began on three new projects.

On October 24, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced that China would “steadily return to normal construction,” with a small number of new nuclear plants approved each year during the country’s current Five Year Plan, World Nuclear News reports. Work has begun on Fuqing 4 in Fujian province and Yangjiang 4 in Guangdong province, both 1080 MW CPR-1000s, as well as the Shodaowan HTR-PM, a pioneering high-temperature gas-cooled reactor in Shangdon province.

The three new projects bring the total number of reactors under construction in China to 29, adding a capacity of 30,000 MW.

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