China diversifies sources of uranium as nuclear power industry grows

08:19, November 19, 2010      

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China is diversifying its sources of uranium to meet the rising demand in developing the nuclear power industry.

"Exploration and exploitation of domestic uranium will be prioritized for the country's mid- and long-term development of nuclear power," said Lu Xiaoming, director of the Nuclear Fuel Division of the China Atomic Energy Authority, at the China Mining Conference and Expo in north China's port city of Tianjin Thursday.

"We should rely on our own resources to acquire uranium," said Lu. "We will intensify our geological survey efforts to have a clear understanding of uranium resources, and bring technical innovation to the exploration and exploitation of uranium for greater efficiency."

China has accelerated the construction of nuclear power plants in recent years as the government seeks to readjust the country's energy mix to protect the environment for sustainable development.

When used in the civilian sector to fuel nuclear power plants, one kilogram of uranium-235 can theoretically produce as much energy as 3,000 tonnes of coal.

In a mid- and long-term development plan for nuclear power industry approved October 2007 by China's Cabinet, the State Council, the country aims to build a nuclear power capacity of 40,000 megawatts by 2020.

Source: Xinhua


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