China has successfully held its first comprehensive nuclear security emergency drill as the country embarks on a major expansion of nuclear power, a civilian ministry has said.
Code-named as “Fengbao-2016,” the drill was held to test and improve China’s security-incident response mechanism, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said yesterday.
The drill, which was neither scripted nor had a preplanned result, tested the effectiveness of the nuclear security system, the administration said.
The drill was presided over by Wang Yiren, vice director of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and vice-chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority.
Representatives from central government agencies, local governments and China National Nuclear Corp observed the drill, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
According to a report released last year, China had 27 nuclear power generating units in operation as of the end of October 2015, with a total installed capacity of 25.5 gigawatts (GW), while another 25 units with a total installed capacity of 27.51 GW were under construction.
The world’s second largest economy plans to raise its installed nuclear power capacity to 58 GW with an additional 30 GW under construction by 2020 and build itself into a strong nuclear power country by 2030.