China, the world’s biggest energy user, may restart construction on nuclear reactors which it halted in March following the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Bloomberg reported. Work may resume at a reduced rate for existing projects by the end of the year, although approval of new projects will remain suspended, said Xu Yuming, vice secretary-general of the China Nuclear Energy Association. “It’s not quite possible for us to start building at the average of eight reactors a year we saw in the last three years,” Xu said. On March 11, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a radiation leak at Tokyo Electric Power’s (9501.TYO) Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. China has since completed a series of safety checks on all nuclear plants and submitted results to the state council, concluding that no facilities are at risk to accidents similar to that at Fukushima.