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China's nuclear plants generate 54.8 bln kwh of electricity in 2006
2007-04-23 04:22:09 Xinhua English

SHANGHAI, April 24 (Xinhua) -- China's nine operating nuclear power units generated 54.8 billion kwh of electricity in 2006, or 1.9 percent of the country's total, an official with the state atomic energy agency has said.

Sun Qin, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, disclosed the figures at the on-going seventh China international nuclear industry expo which kicked off in Shanghai on Monday.

Sun said China's current operating nuclear power units have a total installed capacity of 6.99 million kilowatts, and the country will have 11 units in operation by the end of 2007, with total capacity of 9.11 million kilowatts.

China plans to increase its nuclear power capacity to 40 million kilowatts by 2020, to account for four percent of the country's total electric power, according to the country's medium and long-term development plan for nuclear power building.

China built its first nuclear power plant in east coastal Zhejiang Province in 1991.

The nuclear industry expo, a biyearly event, was first held in Shanghai in 1995. The current three-day event attracted nearly 200enterprises from more than 20 countries and regions worldwide.

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