China is willing to deepen nuclear energy cooperation; Nuclear energy the only energy that can supply stable power; By 2030 number of world nuclear plants will reach 300
An interview with President, China
National Nuclear Corporation
Beijing—China and Pakistan have carried out cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy for many years and now China was ready to deepen this cooperation.
This was stated by Mr. Yang Chaodong, President of the high-profile China National Nuclear Corporation during an extensive interaction with this scribe at his high-security office.
Earlier in May, the President and Vice President of CNNC had visited the Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Beijing to enquire about the health of this scribe and had also appreciated the critical role played by the 101 Friends of China in saving the 2200MW K-2, K-3 Nuclear Power Plants, being built by the CNNC in Karachi, from derailment. Some elements had instilled a fear in the Karachiites of the havoc the so-called possible leakage or meltdown of these plants would cause.
Mr. Yang Chaodong explained that during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan in 2015, the two governments signed a package of cooperation agreements and documents, 20 energy projects with a total capacity of 16400MW were included and among these projects, a list of projects with a total capacity of 10400MW were nominated early harvest project and to be finished by year 2018.
He said in terms of nuclear power, Chashma C-1 and C-2 nuclear power units of 325MW were already in operation, C-3 and C-4 nuclear power units of 340MW are under construction and will be connected to the grid in the year of 2016 and 2017 respectively. Thus the total capacity will achieve 1300MW, Mr. Yang added.
The CNNC is an extra-large state-owned enterprise under the direct control of the central government and is the main developer of nuclear power science and technology and exporter of nuclear power plants. It is composed of more than 100 enterprises and scientific research institutions located across 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities with over 100,000 staff.
To a question as to what in his view was the future of nuclear energy in the world, Mr. Yang Chaodong said Nuclear power is at a new stage of recovery and more than 70 countries in the world have already had or are planning to develop nuclear power, with more than 40 of them located along the One Belt and One Road Initiative. It is forecasted that by the year 2020, 130 units of nuclear power plants will be built globally, and by 2030, this number will reach 300. Climate change is speeding up, air pollution and smog is getting more and more serious day by day. The signing of the Paris Agreement in April 2016 showed the determination to cope with climate change and advocate green and low carbon development and as a highly efficient clean energy, nuclear power will play a significant role in tackling climate change and securing energy supply. China will construct 6-8 nuclear power units each year and CNNC, the main force of Chinese nuclear industry, will definitely build more nuclear power plants for China.