Permits for Nuclear Power Plants to be Issued Next Year
The director for China’s Nuclear Energy Association said that China might resume the issuance of permits for new nuclear power plants by next year. The director said as soon as the government lifts the suspension of approval procedures, permit approvals can start within a year.
China suspended permit approval of new nuclear projects in the wake of Japan’s nuclear issues following the devastating earthquake and resulting Tsunami there. Although the government’s outlook for nuclear power development has not changed, they need to implement development control and ensure more safety in the projects to avoid a situation similar to that of Japan’s.
The thirteen nuclear reactors in operation have already passed all safety inspections, the twenty eight new plants that are scheduled to be completed in October still have to wait until their reactors pass safety inspections and a safety plan has been devised.
An engineer for the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. said it will take one or two years to finish all inspections including devising a safety plan, after which China can then build their nuclear power plants in accordance with the safety standards issued for third generation reactors.