China taking the nuclear option in its drive towards carbon neutrality

China says it is leading the world in nuclear power technologies, and it is expanding the sector as it seeks alternatives for coal-fired power generation and aims to become carbon neutral by 2060.On Sunday, the world’s first high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR), at Shidaowan nuclear power plant in the eastern province of Shandong, achieved criticality – meaning it had reached the normal operating condition of a reactor.Construction of the 200 megawatts (MW) project began in 2012. It will…

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