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Chinese nuclear power capacity will increase eightfold by 2020

20 July 2010

China plans to boost nuclear power generation capacity nearly eightfold by 2020, to 70 giga watts, according to China’s Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration .

In 2007, China, the world’s second largest power market after the United States, set a target for of boosting its nuclear capacity to 40 GW by the end of 2020, but is likely to meet that goal five years early following a slew of project approvals.
China has 11 working reactors with 9GW of total capacity, or just over one percent of total installed power generation capacity 0f 874 GW, about three-quarters of which is fuelled by coal.

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