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China greenlights 6 new nuclear reactors in shift away from coal

$19bn buildup to help double nuclear power capacity by 2030

A Hualong nuclear reactor in Fujian Province, China. (Photo from Fuqing nuclear power plant operator)

BEIJING -- The Chinese government has approved the construction of six reactors as part of a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than doubling nuclear power capacity this decade.

Three nuclear power plants in coastal provinces will each receive two new reactors, according to local media. Construction costs are estimated at 120 billion yuan ($18.7 billion) for all six reactors combined, Chinese media report.

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