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China approves building of coastal nuclear plant


China has approved the construction of a new nuclear plant in its eastern coastal region as part of its efforts to diversify away from coal and include more clean energy in the consumption mix.

The State Council issued a license last week for the building of the first phase of the Haiyang nuclear power station in Shandong Province, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said.

Two reactors will be built initially, both using US-based Westinghouse Electric’s AP 1000 third generation technology, the commission said in a statement posted on its Web site on Sunday.

Each reactor will have a capacity of 1.25 gigawatts, the statement said. The reactors will be operational in May 2014 and March 2015 respectively.

The Haiyang plant will eventually have a total of six reactors, it said.

Westinghouse and its consortium partner, the Shaw Group, in 2007 signed a deal reportedly worth US$8 billion to supply two AP 1000 reactors for the Haiyang plant and another two for a plant in Zhejiang Province.

Construction on the Zhejiang plant, in Sanmen, has already started, it said.

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