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China to resume building plants

China appears set to resume construction of 43 new nuclear plants that was stalled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, with officials contending that risks, though "inevitable", can be dealt with proper planning at the initial stage.

world Updated: Mar 14, 2012 00:05 IST

China appears set to resume construction of 43 new nuclear plants that was stalled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, with officials contending that risks, though "inevitable", can be dealt with proper planning at the initial stage.

The development was halted after an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the nuclear plant at Japan, causing anxieties across the world over the safety of nuclear energy.

"The risk factor must be taken into account at the very beginning of a plan to build a nuclear power station, because potential risks at nuclear power stations are inevitable," Xue Yusheng, honorary president of State Grid Electric Power Research Institute said.

China currently has 13 nuclear power plants with varied capacities.