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Published on : Mar 05, 2015

The nuclear development plans of China got a renewed momentum on Wednesday as State Council gave a nod to build new reactors at the nuclear power plant located near Hongyan River. The unit 5 and 6 of the nuclear plant near Hongyan River, located in the northeastern province of Liaoning got approval for construction from the State Council. The council also mentioned that the construction should get completed before the Lunar New Year. 

A source from a State owned nuclear company in China revealed that approval for the construction was a milestone for China since it gifted the economy with fresh opportunity to revive its nuclear industry. The source also mentioned that country has plans to commence the construction of a few more nuclear plants this year. 

According to the source, there are a couple of new projects which are in pipeline. The construction of new nuclear power plants is believed will help the Chinese economy optimize the available energy mix amid the escalating pressure from air pollution. 

Tang Bo, a National Nuclear Safety Administration of China Official, said that the regulatory body is engaged in assessing the environmental impact and safety concerns of the slated nuclear projects including the one in Hongyan River, the Shidao Bay nuclear project located in the Shandong province, and units 5 and 6 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant located in the province of Fujian.  

The official also revealed to one of the leading newspapers in China, that the National Nuclear Safety Administration has already drawn up plans for approval to several new projects. The body evaluates factors such as the potential risks involved in the construction of the nuclear plant and the body also helps in the technical preparation of the proposed nuclear plants before the project is finally sent for government’s approval.