• 4 minutes What If Canada Had Wind and Not Oilsands?
  • 8 minutes EU Confirms Trade Retaliation Measures vs. U.S. To Take Effect on June 22
  • 17 minutes Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 5 hours Tariffs to derail $83.7 Billion Chinese Investment in West Virginia
  • 5 hours U.S. Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council
  • 5 hours EU Confirms Trade Retaliation Measures vs. U.S. To Take Effect on June 22
  • 51 mins "The Gasoline Car Is a Car With a Future"
  • 9 hours Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 3 hours What If Canada Had Wind and Not Oilsands?
  • 1 hour Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 9 hours North Korea, China Discuss 'True Peace', Denuclearization
  • 3 hours Russia's Energy Minister says Oil Prices Balanced at $75, so Wants to Increase OPEC + Russia Oil by 1.5 mbpd
  • 9 hours WE Solutions plans to print cars
  • 2 hours EVs Could Help Coal Demand
  • 6 hours Kaplan Says Rising Oil Prices Won't Hurt US Economy
  • 10 hours Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 15 hours Hey Oil Bulls - How Long Till Increasing Oil Prices and Strengthening Dollar Start Killing Demand in Developing Countries?
  • 1 day Oil prices going down
  • 1 day Russia, Saudi Push For Big Hike In Oil Output Despite Iran Opposition
Oil Inches Higher On Strong Crude Draw

Oil Inches Higher On Strong Crude Draw

Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday…

Zainab Calcuttawala

Zainab Calcuttawala

Zainab Calcuttawala is an American journalist based in Morocco. She completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em) and reports on…

More Info

Beijing Eyes Nuclear Power Markets From Belt and Road Initiative

Beijing

As Beijing’s interest in renewable and non-traditional sources of energy grows, Chinese companies are demonstrating their interest in untapped nuclear energy markets, according to new reports emerging from the region.

Nuclear power investments in Silk Road countries could amount to a $580 billion market, Wang Shoujun, the chairman of China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) told reporters on Monday.

“About 72 countries have been or are planning to develop nuclear power, among which 41 are along the Belt and Road route, and most of them are still in the earliest stages of nuclear power development,” the business man observed.

We estimate that if their nuclear energy were raised to reach development levels comparable to those of the U.S. or Japan, it would spawn a market worth [$580 billion].”

Chinese President XI Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, envisioning the unification of 65 countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa along ancient trade routes between the nations.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has confirmed 36 operational nuclear reactors in China, with 20 more under construction. By the end of the decade, 58 million kilowatts of Chinese energy demand will be satiated by nuclear power.

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) tested the safety of China’s nuclear power program last year. Both groups found the country’s nuclear and radiation safety to be in accordance with international standards.

Related: Attack On Syria: U.S. Has Returned To “Business As Usual”

An anonymous NNSA source told People.cn that China had maintained safe nuclear power operations for the past three decades, with zero incidents exceeding Level 2 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, which has seven levels total. The same official added that a shortage of space available to dispose of fuel and radioactive waste has limited the progress of the program, however.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:


x

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • NickSJ on April 18 2017 said:
    Fortunately China hasn't succumbed to anti-nuclear hysteria, so is rapidly increasing its nuclear electricity output. Every few months, a large new nuclear plant goes online there.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News