China: Expanding Nuclear's Role in the Decarbonization of Guangdong

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Beijing's recent acceleration of China's nuclear newbuild program will be particularly felt in southeastern province of Guangdong, the economic powerhouse that is in dire need of additional power generation capacity. Guangdong is China’s largest electricity consumer, and is already the country’s top nuclear power producer: the coastal province's nuclear fleet generated some 120 Terawatt hours in 2021, roughly 30% of China's total nuclear generation of over 400 TWh last year. Now Guangdong will also be home to the lion’s share of newbuilds greenlit by Beijing so far this year over two rounds of approvals: four of the 10 new reactors across four provinces that were given the go-ahead to commence construction were in Guangdong.

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