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Thu, 08 Nov 2007 03:37
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BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China's nuclear power target of 40,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020 will be met, and probably exceeded, said Cao Shudong, director of system engineering at the China Atomic Energy Agency.

Responding to criticism that China's targets have been set too high, Cao said that the country 'has provided the positive conditions for the development of the industry.'

Cao said there have been problems in the industry, including at the first phase of the Tianwan nuclear project in Lianyungang in China's eastern province of Jiangsu.

The project, which uses Russian reactor technology, was delayed for over a year after failing to pass industry standards, but 'the problems have now been solved,' Cao said.

Sites for new projects in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Fujian, Guangdong and Guangxi, all on China's coast, have been selected, and by 2009, Shandong's Haiyang project and the Sanmen facility in Zhejiang will be ready for construction, he said.

The Chinese government last week released its plan for the development of the nuclear power industry up to 2020, confirming plans to lift total capacity to 40,000 megawatts, or 4 pct of total capacity. Another 18,000 megawatts will be under construction by that time.

Current capacity stands at around 9,000 megawatts.

david.stanway@xinhuafinance.com

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