China's Floating Nuclear Power Stations


halflife3

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This thread serves to provide updates on China's floating nuclear power station development.

While there are more attention going towards China's nuclear carrier and nuclear icebreaker program, one seems to be overlooked and not discussed much. China's floating nuclear power station development is currently underway and we may see China's first floating nuclear power station by 2025. This program will bring many strategic and economic advantages for China.

Economically, it could make China one of the leading global provider of offshore nuclear power plant solutions. The floating plants allow China to power future resource extraction facilities and supply power to island facilities in future economic development in the South China Sea.

Strategically, it can significantly bolster China's claim over the South China Sea, allowing it to greatly expand its economic presence.

The project plays an important role in serving as a step towards constructing nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
The floating nuclear power stations will help China develop the expertise to first construct a large surface vessel with a nuclear reactor, than progress towards building nuclear powered icebreakers and ultimately, paving the way for the construction of nuclear powered aircraft carriers.


The first reactor for the floating power stations will be the Small Modular Reactor (SMR), the ACPR50S with an output of 60MW(e) / 200MW(th), developed by China General Nuclear Power Group.


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hullopilllw

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Why don't China simply use the nuclear power plant used in submarine and put it into an aircraft carrier ? I thought France did that ?
 

Hendrik_2000

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Why don't China simply use the nuclear power plant used in submarine and put it into an aircraft carrier ? I thought France did that ?
Because French has a lot of problem with stringing submarine small nuclear plant and use it to power Carrier.
Carrier need at least 2 X 100 MW plant. Most of submarine reactor is only 20 to 30 MW.
China has successfully design 100 MW civilian nuclear plant which is different than Marine nuclear plant because you don't have room or time to change the fuel frequently due to constrain space of a ship.

You also need to integrate a novel nuclear design in a ship environment. Russia did it by first building nuclear Ice breaker China will too because China is interested in opening up a trade route to Europe using Arctic passage that is now open due to climate warming
 

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