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China rethinks nuclear plant on North Korea’s border – has set up solar farm instead

Solar farm may spell end for China’s plan to build nuclear plant on North Korea’s border
Renewable development on site earmarked for reactors raises speculation the authorities have gone cold on the idea,
SCMP,  Stephen Chen Thursday, 31 August, 2017 China has set up a solar farm near the North Korean border on a site previously earmarked for a nuclear power plant, in an apparent sign that the authorities have abandoned plans to build a reactor.

The Baishan solar farm in Jingyu county, Jilin province was recently connected to the local power grid after a three-month construction period plagued with problems.

A farmer living near Baishan reservoir said solar panels had been put up over the past few months and now covered half of a large swathe of elevated land by the lake’s west bank.

The solar plant can generate up to 10 megawatts of power, provincial newspaper Jilin Daily reported in July…….

Authorities had earlier acquired the area south of Gangding village, which was once used for cultivating corn and beans, to build the Jingyu nuclear power station, according to the county government website.

The planned power plant was one of two Chinese nuclear projects proposed near the North Korean border.

Ground-clearing work on the site, meant to house four AP1000 nuclear reactors, was completed in 2013.

The reactors, if built, would have been situated less than 100km north of Chunggang, a North Korean county bordering China across the Yalu river.

Chunggang is home to an intermediate-range ballistic missile base targeting the US military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to

In the border city of Dandong in Liaoning province, construction of the Donggang nuclear power plant has also been put on hold, according to Chinese media reports……..

September 2, 2017 - Posted by | China, renewable

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