Chinese state-run China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has signed a strategic agreement with China Classification Society, CSIC-affiliated 708 Research Institute and CCCC-FHDI Engineering to jointly develop China’s first spent nuclear fuel carriers.
According to CNNC, China’s massive nuclear power development plan will create huge demand for nuclear waste disposal in the next ten years and the company plans to develop an intermodal transport chain for the spent nuclear fuel.
Everclean Environmental Engineering Corporation, a subsidiary of CNNC, is the only licensed service provider for transporting spent nuclear fuel in China.
China has become the world’s fastest expanding nuclear power producer in recent years. China’s energy regulator, the National Energy Administration, is expected to set the country’s nuclear capacity target to 120-150 GW by 2030, up from about 38 GW in 2017.