China plans to build a slew of nuclear reactors over the next few years to meet its economic and environmental goals, according to the state-controlled China Daily.
“The pace of nuclear power projects in recent years is not in accordance with this target, and it’s necessary to make sure the nuclear industry is back on track,” He Yu, chairman of state-owned China General Nuclear Power, said at a Beijing conference.
China plans to triple the amount of nuclear power it generates by 2026, which would overtake the U.S. as the country with the most nuclear power, according to a study by analytics firm BMI Research. China will spend $570 billion building more than 60 nuclear power plants over the next decade.
China intends to bring 58 gigawatts of nuclear generating capacity into operation by 2020, up from the current capacity of roughly 27 gigawatts, according to World Nuclear News. China plans to follow this up with 150 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2030, according to the World Nuclear Association.