Guangxi speeds nuclear development

FANGCHENGGANG, GUANGXI, December 29 — A research team has been formed to consider the construction of a 6GW nuclear power plant on China’s southern Beibu Gulf coast in Fangchenggang City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Zhu Jun, secretary of the Fangchenggang City Committee of the Communist Party of China said, “There is a growing demand for energy with faster economic growth in this region so we’ve decided to speed up nuclear power development during the 11th Five-year Plan period (2006-2010).”

The proposed plant will be located at Bailongwei on the Jiangshan Peninsula. In total six generating units each with a capacity of 1GW will be installed.

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co. and China Power Investment Corporation will each fund 40% of the investment and Guangxi Investment Group Co. will pay the remainder.

Zhu said the schedule for construction would be available once the National Development and Reform Commission had approved the project.

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