China has built three nuclear power stations and its installed nuclear power capacity will rise to 8.7 million kilowatts in three years, says a senior Chinese nuclear power official.
When that goal is reached, nuclear power would account for about three percent of China's power output, Li Dingfan, general manager of the China Nuclear Industry Group Co., said at the ongoing Pacific nuclear power conference in south China's Shenzhen Municipality.
Li said China had made rapid progress in the construction of nuclear power stations in the last 20 years. There were now three nuclear power bases in China, at Qinshan in east China's Zhejiang Province, Daya Bay in south China's Guangdong Province and Tianwanin east China's Jiangsu Province.
He said the power stations in Qinshan and Daya Bay had already started operating. The next three years would see five more nuclear power generating units come into use.
According to Li, China will continue to develop nuclear power during its 10th Five-Year Plan period (2001-2005). He said China had the capability to design one-million-kw class nuclear power stations and manufacture large-scale nuclear power equipment.