China late this year will start building a nuclear-powered
desalinator project in Yantai City in east China's Shandong
Province, with a designed capacity of producing 52 million tons of
fresh water a year.
Officials with the Development Planning Commission of the Shandong
provincial government said the project, to be built in cooperation
with Tsinghua University, would alleviate water shortages in the
city and other parts of the Shandong Peninsula.
Yantai and other parts of Shandong suffered acute water shortages
due to droughts in recent years, changing climate and other
Approved by the State Development and Reform Commission, the
project is expected to cost 1.6 billion yuan (nearly US$200
Zhang Zuoyi, director of the Nuclear Energy Technology and Design
Institute attached to Tsinghua University, was quoted in Monday's
Beijing Evening News as saying the fresh water to be produced from
the project will cost 3.75 yuan per ton, much less than the cost of
water from existing sources.
The project is expected to use a 200-megawatt nuclear-powered
reactor designed by the institute, according to the paper.
The project would be completed and operational in 2007, it
(Xinhua News Agency June 25, 2003)