China’s state-owned energy group China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC) said the commissioning of new nuclear power could be pushed forward to 2020 instead of the 2023 deadline proposed under the Department of Energy’s second integrated resource plan.
The original plan makes provision for an additional 9500 MW of nuclear power by 2030. According to the plan, which directs the expansion of electricity supply over the next 20 years, new nuclear capacity can come on stream in 2023.
But in a presentation at the department’s hearings, CGNPC said the first new nuclear power plant could come on line in 2020, instead of 2023.
Business Day reported the government is expected to make a decision on the nuclear program next year.