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China set for ‘revolution’ in nuclear power via the Sydney Morning Herald

CHINA is on track to become the world’s largest generator of nuclear power between now and some time in the 2020s, a senior Rio Tinto executive says.

Rio Tinto Energy’s general manager of markets and industry analysis, Stephen Wilson, said China was now about the eighth or ninth largest nuclear energy producer.

By the end of the decade, China was expected to leap to the number two position, he said, before overtaking the US in the 2020s, producing 100 gigawatts of power.

”Their vision is to produce 400 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2050. That’s been publicly stated by Chinese officials,” Mr Wilson told the Australian Institute of Energy national conference in Sydney yesterday. ”That’s more than the whole world has got today.”

The growth in nuclear energy in China would come from new third generation power plants that produced electricity more cheaply than coal and gas plants in coastal China.

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