China’s nuclear industrial chain opens to public

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China’s nuclear industry.

China’s state-owned nuclear group has opened to the public for the first time in southeast China.

On Monday, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) organized visits to its regional branches in Fuqing City of southeast China’s Fujian Province.

It aims to inform the public of the operation and safety control of nuclear power plants during an open week and secondary school student summer camp for popularization of nuclear knowledge.

The visitors include government and public representatives, media and college students.

“I have learned a lot about nuclear knowledge after participating in the questions&answers session. Experts analyzed reasons of and summed up lessons from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. It makes us feel that nuclear is not as scared and dangerous as we imagined. We also learned that nuclear is a very effective way to generate electricity.”

The public visiting group visited a construction site of Hualong One pilot nuclear project in Fuqing.

Hualong One technology is China’s third generation reactor design and it will have to compete with third-generation designs from the Untied States, France and Russia for a lucrative global market.

China began construction on the pilot nuclear power project in Fuqing City in May.

Experts hope the open week will get more people learn about nuclear knowledge.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)SHEN LIXIN, Vice secretary-general of China’s nuclear Society
“We want to share what we are doing with the public and answer their questions for popularization of nuclear knowledge. China’s nuclear industry has 60-year history. We hope our nuclear industry will continue to contribute to people’s livelihood and national economy.”

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