China’s need for nuclear power is likely to exceed its long-term development target as the nation strives to lower its reliance on coal-fired power and cut air pollution, China Daily reported Tuesday, citing industry insiders. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, China cut its installed nuclear power capacity target for 2020 to 58 gigawatts from the original target of 80 to 90 GW. The current installed capacity is 12.6 GW. “As demand for energy has outstripped domestic sources of supply, China’s nuclear power industry will expand more quickly than anticipated in the next two decades to better manage the nation’s energy structure,” Zheng Mingguang, head of the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute, was quoted as saying.
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