China's nuclear power capacity over 21 million kW

15:04, January 07, 2010      

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According to statistics released by the National Energy Administration Jan. 6, 20 nuclear power plants were under construction at the end of 2009, with a total capacity of 21.92 million kW.

China speeded up the construction of nuclear power plants last year. The data showed that construction of two 1.25 million kW nuclear power units in Sanmen, Zhejiang province, two 1.25 million kW nuclear power units in Haiyang, Shandong province and two 1.75 million kW nuclear power units in Taishan, Guangdong province were started in 2009.

China continued to construct large-capacity and environmentally friendly thermal power plants in 2009. By the end of last year, thermal plants with a capacity above 300,000 kW accounted for 64.46 percent of the nation's total.

China also attached great importance to the development of wind power last year. The capacity of wind power units in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reached 5 million kW. China's first pilot wind power project, Jiuquan wind power base, was launched. And the PV solar power station in Dunhuang, Gansu province, the first of this kind in China, was started.

The year 2009 also witnessed the shutdown of small thermal power stations of 26.17 million kW. During the 11th Five Year period, small thermal power stations with total capacity of 60.06 million kW have been shut down, which helped save 69 million tons of coal, reduce emission of sulfur dioxide by 1.2 million tons and carbon dioxide by 139 million tons annually.

By People's Daily Online
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