BEIJING, July 2 (Reuters) - China is considering doubling its target for installed nuclear power generating capacity to 86 gigawatts (GW) by 2020, the China Daily reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
China previously set a goal of 40 GW of nuclear power capacity by 2020, but some government officials had suggested lifting the goal to 60-70 GW, or 5 percent of total generating capability, to increase clean energy supplies and reduce its reliance on coal.
The government aimed to have at least 12 GW of installed nuclear power capacity by 2011, the English-language newspaper reported.
China now has 11 working reactors with total generating capacity of 9.1 GW and is building 24 reactors with a further 25.4 GW.
The new target is part of an alternative energy development roadmap covering the years until 2020, which also includes an ambitious plan to boost wind power capacity to 150 GW by that year, the report said.
Of the planned wind power capacity, 30 GW will come from offshore wind farms.
Installed wind power capacity should reach 35 GW by the end of 2011 and five GW of them would be from offshore wind farms, the newspaper report said, citing the development plan under consideration.
China, the world second-largest energy user, has about 12 GW of wind power capacity.
In a separate report, the newspaper said that China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), China's leading nuclear power developer, is expected to start building the Changjiang nuclear power plant in Hainan province from the end of this year and expand the Tianwan nuclear power plant from the end of 2010.
Tianwan, in eastern Jiangsu province, now has two 1.06 GW pressurized water reactors using techonology from Russia.
"After the Hainan project and Tianwan project phase two, we will proceed with a series of nuclear power projects like the Xudabao project in Liaoning and Taohuajiang in Hunan," Qian Tianlin, a company executive was quoted as saying.