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China has recently finalized their own domestic reactor design, the Hualong One, which is based heavily on the French (Areva) EPR units. This is a Generation III reactor and will likely be the dominant reactor design going forward. China has been on a three-year hiatus from approving new builds (existing builds continued), but this has now ceased and they are expecting to ramp up approval and production to 6-8 units a year so they are able to meet their 2030 targets: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...
This includes an immediate plan for a total of 26 reactors in Guangdong, with the goal of 46:
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will be able to build six to eight nuclear reactors a year once the approval process gets back to normal in the near future, the chairman of the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation told Reuters on Monday. "That should be enough to meet our country's 2030 development plans," he said on the sidelines of an industry conference. China did not approve any new projects for three years until it gave the nod to two new reactor complexes in southeast China earlier this year.
At 1,170MW per unit, the 6-8 year target means that over the next 11 years we can expect a ramp up to 6-8GW per year of new nuclear to come online; 66-88GW total within that period. While still paling in comparison to the country's seemingly insatiable thirst for coal at 981GW of installed capacity, it would push total installed Nuclear to ~110GW, likely making it the third largest source of power in terms of actual generation output behind coal and hydro.
The 120 billion yuan (US$17.74 billion) megaproject, to be run by the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN), will bring the total number of nuclear reactors in Guangdong, a manufacturing powerhouse and China's largest provincial economy, to 26. CGN's ultimate plan is to boost that number to 46, spanning 11 plants, to power Guangdong's booming economy, whose gross domestic product in 2018 is tipped to hit the 10-trillion-yuan mark and surpass South Korea and Canada. The new reactors in Huizhou, already given the go-ahead by China's environmental watchdog, will be built around China's indigenous, third generation Hualong (China Dragon) pressurized water nuclear reactor standards. The total power generation capacity will be equivalent to Hong Kong's annual electricity consumption, according to CGN.