Nuclear summer is coming – China’s latest business and technology news

Business & Technology

A summary of the top news in Chinese business and technology for October 31, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.

Many countries reevaluated plans for nuclear power after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, but on MacroPolo, Damien Ma says that in China, “the setback was temporary, as the government soon decided to push forward with its nuclear power strategy.”

  • China is the largest nuclear market in the world, “with nearly as many plants under construction as the next four markets combined.”
  • Because of the size and speed of nuclear power development, “China could well set the industry and technology standards on nuclear power, especially as it eagerly eyes the export market.”
  • Reuters reports that China’s first offshore nuclear reactor will soon be completed, quoting an engineer with the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), who said “the technology was ‘mature’ and the first demonstration project would be deployed soon at drilling platforms in northern China’s Bohai Sea.”


Meanwhile, efforts to shut down polluting industries and power plants continue:

  • Reuters says that “Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city, plans to temporarily halve its iron production capacity from mid-November until mid-March” as part of an effort to ameliorate winter smog. Separately, Reuters notes that the city will place restrictions on personal driving, and aims to have 70 percent of its public transportation fleet consist of clean energy vehicles by the end of 2020.
  • China will ban sales of diesel with sulfur content higher than 10 parts per millions (ppm), “typically used by tractors and ships,” starting November 1 as part of pollution crackdown efforts, according to Reuters.
  • Sixth Tone reports on a program in northern China to replace the coal burning stoves many rural families use with gas.

—Jeremy Goldkorn