China begins building new nuclear plant

China began building the first nuclear power plant in its northeast on Saturday, part of a rapid nuclear expansion meant to curb the country's use of coal and oil, Xinhua news agency said.
The 50 billion yuan (US$6.5 billion) Hongyanhe power plant in Dalian will have six 1-megawatt generating units, the report said, with the first generating unit due to go into operation in 2012 and the rest by 2014.
China plans to build 31 new nuclear plants by 2020 as it tries to meet its soaring energy demands while curbing reliance on oil and coal. The country has four nuclear plants in operation, all in the fast-growing east and southeast.