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November 13, 2007

Big nuclear power plans from China, India and Russia

India's president talking about an energy independence plan.

Currently, power generation capacity in India stands at 130,000 MW, but this is forecasted to increase to 400,000 MW by 2030. To achieve this massive boost in output, a range of different technologies will be required including large scale solar farms, wind farms, nuclear power plants, solid biomass and municipal waste. Power generated from renewable energy sources is hoped to increase from five percent today to twenty five percent by 2030.


China's projected energy plans to 2020 mix looks far different than many project. China would have about 35% power from non-fossil fuel sources in 2020. 270GW Hydro, 40GW nuclear, 123GW from renewables if targets are reached. 42% of power would be from non-coal sources if natural gas usage is increased as projected

Some analysts say China will build 300 [nuclear plants] more by the middle of the century.

Russia has big nuclear plans.

About 15 percent of Russia's electricity comes from nuclear power. Putin wants to increase that to 25 percent or more by 2030. it also hopes to export as many as 60 plants in the next two decades. To facilitate the crash expansion, the Kremlin in the summer of 2007, ordered more than 30 nuclear-related companies to amalgamate into a single state-owned behemoth, which will control every stage of civil atomic engineering from uranium mining to construction and export of power stations to fuel enrichment to decommissioning old reactors.The new nuclear giant, to be called Atomenergoprom (Atomic Energy Industry Complex), is similar to other conglomerates that the Putin government has created and now runs in branches such as aircraft production, arms exports, electricity, and gas.



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2 comments:

Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Such countries as India, China and Russia need those large scale electricity production units by definition, for their economies are too large to be supplied by something smaller. Putin for instance did not arrange all those conglomerates - they were already there since the USSR times when the country was even larger and needed more centralisation and order. That's basically a way of running a big country.
When speaking about China, their demands for electricity and other resources will grow continuosly if you consider the tendency of moving most industrial production to China (nowadays more then 50% of all mobiles are produced in China). This way, there is nothing surprising in having big nuclear power plants.

bw said...

I am a supporter of more nuclear power. So I am glad that this is happening. It is not surprising as it is the correct choice.