China`s push for atomic energy inevitable: Expert

China`s development of nuclear energy is inevitable, a Chinese expert said Monday, indicating that it will be difficult for the country to change its overall energy policy.

Updated: May 02, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

Hong Kong: China`s development of
nuclear energy is inevitable, a Chinese expert said Monday, indicating that it will be difficult for the country to change
its overall energy policy.

Peng Yuanzheng, vice president of the China Petroleum
Enterprise Association, said China has no reason to modify its
policy tack of developing and utilizing nuclear energy as it
already has a foundation and experience in the technology.

"Although the recent nuclear crisis in Japan has
spurred the Chinese government to re-evaluate the country`s
future energy policy and to strengthen its monitoring process
of nuclear energy-related enterprises and projects, I think
that the national energy policy will not see a fundamental
adjustment in its general direction," said Peng, who is also a
professor at the state-run China University of Petroleum.

"In the future, China will continue to give priority
to the development of nuclear energy as the focus of national
energy policy objectives." According to a recently announced
economic development plan covering a five-year period from
2011 through 2015, China plans to build 40 nuclear power
plants.

Development of nuclear power is aimed at adjusting the
structure of energy resources in the long term, easing the
pressure on conventional energy supplies and reducing
greenhouse gas emissions, Peng said.

"New energy resources such as wind power and solar
power have yet to play a major role, as the geographical
environment and climatic conditions limit the wider use," he
said.

The potential for hydropower resources is also limited
as hydropower stations on the major rivers in China are
basically saturated. Therefore, China`s development of nuclear
energy is an inevitable trend, he added.

PTI