China to build world’s first fourth-generation nuclear power plant via Cross China

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) — The building of the world’s first commercial fourth-generation nuclear power plant may start in east China’s Jiangxi Province in 2017, if a plan to the effect is approved by the government, sources said.

The power plant, using high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, will be located in Ruijin, Jiangxi. Its first generating unit will be operational by 2021, officials with the state-owned China Nuclear Engineering Group Co. (CNEG) said Monday.

They are still waiting for permit from the central government, they said.

The high-temperature gas-cooled reactor is a technology independently developed by China and is best known for its inherent safety design, according to Wang Shoujun, CNEG chairman.

This technology will ensure that the fuel elements of the reactor will not be melted under any conditions and no radioactive material will be released into the environment, said Wang.

A demonstration plant using this technology has been under construction since 2012 in Rongcheng city of east China’s Shandong Province and is expected to be operational in 2017.

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