While countries around the world are scrambling for a major rethink of their nuclear power strategy, and in some cases shutting down their existing nuclear plants, China is bulldozing its way ahead with new nuke plants, the first of which is coming to Shandong, China this April!
But Huaneng Group, the nation’s largest power conglomerate that’s building the new plant, wants you to know that it will be safer than anything else that has ever existed on the face of this planet. It will also be the “world’s first high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor”.
And in case you’re still looking warily over the straits at what’s still happening at Fukushima, please, do not even begin to compare that last-generation low-tech nuke plant with our brand new, hi-tech one. Apples. Oranges.
Says Cui Shaozhang, deputy general manager of the company,
“There are differences between the Japanese and Chinese reactors. Japan’s Fukushima plant was using old technology while Chinese reactors are more advanced.”
China Business News offered more details of the new plant in a report earlier this week:
The Rongcheng plant will use helium, an inert gas, in its cooling system, and reactor cores will be able to withstand temperatures exceeding 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit) for several hundred hours without melting down.
China currently has 14 nuclear reactors in operation, 26 under construction and another 28 planned, according to the World Nuclear Association.
We hope everyone’s feeling as safe as we are now. Why, under the wise leadership of the Party and the Government, everything’s under control, and nothing can go wrong!