By Lv Wangshu
BEIJING, Mar. 1, CENEWS-Vice Minister and NNSA Administrator Liu Hua met with Petteri Tiippana, Director General of Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) in Beijing today. The two sides exchanged views on issues such as bilateral cooperation in the area of nuclear power safety.
Liu extended welcome to the delegation headed by Petteri Tiippana. He said that NNSA and STUK have maintained close bilateral ties and conducted a lot of fruitful activities in the OECD NEA Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) and under the EU-China Nuclear Safety Cooperation Framework. Both China and Finland are now developing EPR nuclear power stations, so NNSA stands ready to enhance bilateral communications and cooperation with STUK in this regard.
Liu briefly introduced the current status of nuclear power development in China. He said that the development of nuclear power is at a very fast speed and on a very large scale in China. There are 56 in-service and uncompleted nuclear power generating units, including 35 in-service ones and 21 under way. The Chinese Government has identified the highly efficient nuclear power development policy under the precondition of ensuring nuclear safety, and it is estimated that by the year 2020 China will have owned about 90 nuclear power generating units.
China’s nuclear power industry has maintained good operation performances and high safety levels over more than three decades’ development, said Liu. The safety indicators of the operating units in China are at the medium or a higher level among the nuclear power operators of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Specifically, 60 percent of the indicators are at the high level, and 80 percent of them are at or above the medium level. All these achievements can be attributed to three factors: a. there is a late-developing advantage for the development of nuclear power in China; b. the Chinese Government has identified the safe and high-efficient nuclear power development policy, which has been implemented well; c. China has highly valued the nuclear safety regulation, and established a nuclear safety regulation framework that completely meet the international standards as early as the foundation of NNSA, and kept it running effectively since.
Petteri Tiippana expressed thanks to Liu’s greetings and gave a brief introduction to the latest developments of nuclear power in Finland. He said that the Taishan Project in China will be the first EPR nuclear power generating unit that will ever be put into operation in the world. There is a lot of experience worthy borrowing by Finland, and he hoped to continue to enhance the communications and cooperation with China in the regulation over the safety of EPR nuclear power plant.
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