China is planning to significantly increase its reliance on nuclear power in its energy generation mix, with the goal of having 10% of its electricity sourced from nuclear energy by 2035, as reported by an official from China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA).
The chinese nuclear plans will double the current 5% share of nuclear energy in China's electricity generation. Wang Binhua, director of the CNEA's nuclear energy public communication committee, envisions that China's nuclear share will further rise to 18% by 2060, equivalent to approximately 400 GW of installed nuclear capacity.
Officials preview a 18% share of nuclear power in electricity generation in China by 2026
China is set to greenlight the construction of six to eight new nuclear reactor units annually in the foreseeable future, as it pushes forward with its ambitious nuclear energy plans. The country has already approved the construction of 21 nuclear power units since the beginning of its 14th five-year plan (2021-2025), aiming to achieve 70 GW of installed nuclear capacity by 2025. This represents a substantial increase from the 51 GW of capacity in place at the end of 2020.
Currently China operates 55 commercial reactor units with a combined capacity of 53 GW and has an additional 22 units under construction
As of now, informs NucNet, China operates 55 commercial reactor units with a combined capacity of 53 GW and has an additional 22 units under construction. China's ambitious nuclear energy plans are part of its strategy to diversify its energy sources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels for a more sustainable and greener energy future.