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China approves first new nuclear reactors in 3-plus years

Beijing pushes homegrown alternatives as US squeezes tech exports

A dome is installed over a Hualong One reactor in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in May 2018. China is heavily promoting these homegrown reactors at home and abroad.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has given new nuclear reactors the green light for the first time in three and a half years as it looks to spur economic activity and exports of its reactors.

Six reactors with a combined capacity of 7 gigawatts have been approved for construction across Fujian, Guangdong and Shandong provinces, National Energy Administration development and planning office chief Li Fulong said July 25.

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