China to become nuclear number one
(China is currently about the eighth or ninth largest nuclear energy producer. Picture: AP)
CHINA is on track to become the world’s largest generator of nuclear power between now and some time in the 2020s, a senior Rio Tinto executive says.
Rio Tinto Energy general manager of markets and industry analysis Stephen Wilson said China was currently about the eighth or ninth largest nuclear energy producer.
By the end of the decade, the emerging economic superpower was expected to leap to the number two position, Mr Wilson said, before overtaking the United States in the 2020s, producing 100 gigawatts of power.
“Their vision is to produce 400 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2050. That’s been publicly stated by Chinese officials,” Mr Wilson told the Australian Institute of Energy national conference in Sydney on Monday.
“That’s more than the whole world has got today.” The…
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