N-power crucial to China: Expert

March 11th, 2012 - 8:47 am ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, March 11 (IANS) Nuclear power is important to China because of its quest for climate change mitigation, an expert with the environment ministry has said.

“The Chinese nuclear industry still feels confident to meet the installed capacity targets of 40 million and 70 million kilowatts by 2015 and 2020 respectively,” Ren Junsheng, a member of the nuclear safety commission, said Saturday.

He was speaking at a seminar entitled “One year after the Fukushima nuclear accident — the way forward with safety and risk engineering” in the City University of Hong Kong, reports Xinhua.

Ren said after the devastating Fukushima accident, China conducted safety inspections of its nuclear plants, the scope of which included appropriateness of site selection, ability to withstand earthquakes and floods, and monitoring and emergency preparedness.

Experts from Japan, China, France and the US attended.

The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and an ensuing tsunami March 11 last year, resulting in a series of equipment failure.

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