China planning to build 100 nuclear reactors over next 15 years

China is planning  to spend $78bn on the construction of 110 nuclear reactors  by 2030 at a rate of between six and eight a year, according to reports in the national press, and aims to  triple its electricity generating capacity to  58 gigawatts by 2020. China currently has 23 nuclear power generating units in operation and 27 under construction, about one-third of the world’s unfinished nuclear units.
The country’s nuclear construction programme was put on  hold after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011, but the urgent need for clean energy to meet increasing power demand and reduce carbon dioxide emissions has led to the renewed development of nuclear projects, despite concerns about safety levels in existing plants.