The China Government has ordered nuclear firms to undertake safety inspection into all the existing nuclear power generation facilities, following the explosion at a chemical warehouse at the port of Tianjin last month.

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The Ministry of Environmental Protection said that the inspections are intended to make sure that the manufacturing and utilization of nuclear equipment and technology, equipment used at uranium mines, and nuclear radiation are safe and under control.

The safety checks on more than 50 nuclear power generating units, which are currently in operation or under construction in the country, are scheduled to be carried out until November.

Nuclear construction program in the country was halted following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

Separately, Indo-Asian News Service reported that China is believed to resume its nuclear power program in inland areas to address power crises, in the next five years.

According to the news agency, proposals for about 31 nuclear power projects in over ten provinces have already validated the initial-feasibility test.

China Nuclear Power Engineering senior engineer Su Gang said: "The safety of inland nuclear power plants is guaranteed to strictly adhere to regulations and discharge standards."

The government is also considering launching stringent safety measures for nuclear power development in addition to establishing a national emergency and rescue team to tackle accidents in a nuclear plant.

China has set a target to have 58GW of installed nuclear generation capacity by the end of 2020, increasing from current 23GW.

Recently, the country said it would boost its power grid infrastructure over the next five years with an investment of at least CNY2 trillion ($313bn), reported Reuters.


Image: China aims to have 58GW of installed nuclear capacity by the end of 2020. Photo: courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.