New Projects, Reactors

China breaks ground on 6,600 MW nuclear power plant

The post-Fukushima freeze on nuclear projects in China is thawing after construction resumed in December on the fourth-generation Shidao Bay nuclear plant, Xinhua news agency has reported.

The 200 MW high-temperature gas-cooled reactor is expected to start producing power by 2017, and will ultimately fit into a planned 6,600 MW plant, which will require an investment of more than $16 billion over 20 years, Xinhua reports.

The government began approving nuclear projects in October last year after a hiatus following the Fukushima disaster. The Shidao project was slated to begin in 2011, but shelved during the work suspension. The plan for the full 6,600 MW plant has not been approved by regulators.

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