WEIHAI, 24-25 SEPT 2009 – China is looking to secure its self-reliance in developing nuclear power solutions minimizing foreign assistance and maximizing opportunity for further domestic growth. The aim is to reach 75GWe by 2020 with investment reaching up to 400 billion RMB, 50% of which invested in the procurement of nuclear equipment and facilities.
Noppen’s 3rd Annual China Nuclear Power Summit attended by nuclear experts, top government officials, senior executives, and chairmen took place 24-25 September in Weihai, Shandong, China, under the auspices of the Weihai People’s Municipal Government and co-organized by the Harbin Institute of Technology served a platform to raise opportunities and challenges in the China nuclear power market.
Central highlights of the summit were the on-site visits to better understand and view progress of China’s nuclear power generation. At Shandong Nuclear Power Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd (SNPEMC), branch of State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) and main production site of AP1000 equipment in China, Vice General Manager Wang Guobiao welcomed and explained technical details to attendees, who were deeply impressed by the huge facilities and staff efficiency. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. With Mr. Lin Lizhi, Assistant to the General Manager, and Mr. Li Changyin, Office Director. Summit guests were the first group ever to visit the newly built Exhibition Hall and also the FCD site for HTGR Reactor Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Plant, China’s first High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor, which is also regarded as fourth-generation nuclear power technology.
Speakers at the summit included Zhou Fengqi, former Director General and Senior Advisor to Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission and present Vice President of China Energy Association, discussing nuclear power development in China and the world. Lumin Wang, Professor at the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences of the University of Michigan (United States), covered the challenges for nuclear engineering of the radiation effects in solids. Sui Yongbing, Chief Engineer of China Machinery Industry Federation, offered insights on localized manufacturing of nuclear power equipment in China. Two panel discussions were also held: the first led by Tang Zide, Expert Committee Member of State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation, regarding nuclear power plant design and engineering and the second led by Zhou Fengqi on China nuclear power self-reliance and localization.