China saw its nuclear power generation capacity continue to increase in 2022, peaking at 166.3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in the first five months of the year, an increase of 4.5 percent. over a year, according to data published by China Nuclear Energy Association.
China has 54 operating nuclear power plants, with an installed capacity of 55.81 million kilowatts, ranking third in the world.
Zhang Tingke, general secretary of the China Nuclear Power Association, told China Media Group (CMG) that “in the first quarter of this year, three more nuclear power generating units were commissioned in the country. Power generation capacity increased by 3.39 million kilowatts, up 6.6% year-on-year.”
As a stable and reliable, clean and low-carbon energy, nuclear power is one of the important sources driving China’s green development.
“Compared to traditional coal-fired power generation, each one million kilowatt nuclear power generation unit can effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than six million tons per year, significantly reducing emissions. carbon,” Zhang said.
Chinese nuclear power plants
The Hongyanhe nuclear power plant became fully operational on Thursday, according to the China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN). Located in Liaoning Province in northeast China, the power plant has a total installed capacity of more than 6.71 million kilowatts.
With the commissioning of commercial operation of Unit 6, Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant has become the third largest nuclear power plant in the world. The six units can generate 48 billion kWh of electricity per year, which accounts for about 20 percent of the total electricity consumption in Liaoning Province.
Guangdong province in southern China has the largest number of nuclear power generation units in operation in China. In the first quarter of this year, the grid power of Daya Bay nuclear power plant reached 11.372 billion kWh, up 4% year on year, and that of Yangjiang nuclear power plant was 11.313 billion kWh, up 17.33% year-on-year.
In Lianyungang City, East China’s Jiangsu Province, six nuclear power generation units of Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant are currently in stable operation.
In the January-March period, electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the city was 14.409 billion kWh, up 34.3% year-on-year, with nuclear power generation accounting for 95 .7% of total.
Liu Yongsheng, general manager of the maintenance department of Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation under the China National Nuclear Corporation, told CMG that “in the first quarter of this year, the electric power generated by our six units reached 13.701 billion kWh. , up 35.75% year-on-year. Total power generation by the six units is expected to reach 25.458 billion kWh in the first half of this year.