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China to be world’s 3rd largest n-generating country: EIA


Beijing:  China is expected to become the world’s third largest nuclear generating country by 2017 surpassing South Korea and Japan, said US energy information administration (EIA).

Chinese government has set a goal to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its primary energy consumption to 15 per cent by 2020 to fight against climate change, according to the China National Plan for Climate Change (2014-2020) released last year.

“To help achieve this target, China plans to increase nuclear capacity to 58 gigawatts (GW) and to have 30 GW of capacity under construction by 2020,” the EIA said.

China is expected to surpass the Republic of Korea and Russia in nuclear generating capacity by the end of 2015, overtake Japan around 2017 and to be behind only after the US and France, said the EIA.

Since the beginning of 2013, China has added 10 reactors totalling more than 10 GW, pushing China’s net installed nuclear capacity to 23 GW at present, the EIA said.

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