China, U.S. nuclear security center to open in 2015

Jointly financed by China and the United States, the largest nuclear security center in the Asian-Pacific region is expected to be completed by 2015.

China, U.S. nuclear security center to open in 2015

World Bulletin / News Desk

China has revealed that a planned nuclear security centre – jointly financed with the United States – is expected to start operating in Beijing in 2015.

The news comes amid an ongoing international Nuclear Security Summit currently taking place in the Netherlands.

Located in Changyang Science and Technology Park in Beijing, the 'Center of Excellence on Nuclear Security' will be the largest such facility in the Asia-Pacific region.

The vice chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), Wang Yiren said the complex would be equipped with laboratories, classrooms and test sites.

The center will deal with the protection and control of nuclear materials, as well as their import, export and international exchange, Wang said.

Once completed, the center will have the capacity to train around 2,000 nuclear security staff a year, said Deng Ge, director of China's State Nuclear Security Center.

Currently, there are 17 nuclear power plants in China, with another 31 under construction. This number is expected to rise to 60 by 2020, resulting in a total capacity of 58 gigawatts.

Last Mod: 25 Mart 2014, 12:03
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