21 May China-Russia: Biggest Nuclear Power Project
(GS PAPER-2, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
SOURCE- THE HINDU)
China and Russia are beginning the biggest Nuclear Power Project. The Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chinese President Xi Jing Ping attends the ceremony that began the construction of the project.
About the Project
The construction of the project is of four units, the major cooperation outcome of science and technology innovation and high-end equipment manufacturing between the countries. The contract value of the project is twenty billion USD. The nuclear reactors to be used in the project are third generation VVER-1200 reactors. After completion of this projects, the reactors will generate 37.6 billion kilo watt hours of electricity. Also, they will reduce 30.68 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and will also reduce the use of fossil fuels.
China’s Nuclear Power
At present, there are forty-nine nuclear power plants in China. This puts the country in the third position amongst the nuclear powers. On the other hand, China is also pushing its third-generation nuclear technology Hualong Two. The Chinese have a goal of achieving 200 GW of Nuclear capacity by 2035.