Energy News: China Nuclear Power Accelerating

1. China looks to make the official nuclear target 70GW for 2020 and 160GW for 2030

China is poised to up its nuclear energy capacity targets to 70 GWe by 2020, according to reports in Chinese state media. The revision is awaiting approval by the State Council.

The reports also say that NEA officials have recommended that the current nuclear construction program should be speeded up, with work to start on 16 units totalling over 10 GWe over the next three years. China is currently building some ten reactors – work started on six units in 2008 alone – with many more about to start construction, and it seems likely that the 16 units mentioned in latest reports are included in the construction starts that are already planned. According to 21st Century Business Herald, in addition to the construction starts that are already expected this year, approval has been given for preliminary work on three new inland nuclear power plants at Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi.

2. Sweden is reversing its anti-nuclear policies

New nuclear power plants will play a part in Sweden’s long-term energy future, after the coalition government scrapped old anti-nuclear policies.

The act which banned construction of new nuclear reactors has been officially abolished and ‘Permission must be given to gradually replace the existing reactors as they reach the end of their economic life.’ However, ‘state aid for nuclear power, in the form of direct or indirect subsidies, cannot be expected.’

Sweden has a strong nuclear sector which responded to the ban on new reactors by upgrading most of the existing ones. When fully completed, the resulting national nuclear capacity boost will reach over 1150 MWe – about the same as a new reactor could have provided. This figure compares to the 1200 MWe in nuclear generation lost by the early closure of the two Barsebäck reactors in 2004 and 2005, which was forced by Social Democrats.

The company OKG, part of the Eon group, noted that Oskarshamn has space for three new reactors and the government’s move gives far greater certainty for the long-term future of the plant. OKG’s main priority, it said, would remain the maintenance of their current three-unit nuclear fleet so that each can operate for 60 years.

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If this breathtaking project is to be realized it's a triumph in engineering architecture and sheer beauty. Such a mega-skyscraper would be a gift to all mankind, this tower belongs to all of us, therefore I propose it to become a world-center of peace, a place of concord and harmony. It should be a place of optimism and positive thinking. I hope and pray this fantastic project will come true, despite the economic downturn worldwide. We have the technology, let's do it!

Besides this, this super-tower might be the beginning of an eco-solution for urban city-life. Horizontal building is very inefficent, destroys the environment, (we all are too familiar with the traffic congestions, pollution, and other terrible problems of our flat 2 dimensional cities..) so the only solution for sustainable city-growth is to go vertical. People will live in fantastic appartments, above the clouds, while these mega-towers can be surrounded by forests and beautiful nature. The old-fashioned way of city-building -low-rise- causes environmental destruction on collosal scale. This is no longer acceptable when we think of the future of our children.. We cannot continue the horizontal way, so we MUST go vertical..

Technical problems of stifness at the top, tensile and pressure strength are resolved already. The only thing that fails is the COURAGE to build new iconic marves. Why could the Egypt people build miracles and we cannot? So let's do it, make this tower comes true, make it a beacon of hope, a tower of beauty, imagination and environmental awareness.

May Sir Alwaweed succeed in this awe-inspiring fantastic enterprise!

Anthonie van Vliet, Netherlands

2

A 10 Billion dollar, mile high building. It's a truly fascinating idea, and an architectural tour de force if it can be built. It's also an enormous capital risk. The reason you would build this grandiose is to attract sky high rents, this building would have world wide stature if built (it's why you wouldn't build a bunch of 20 story buildings instead of this ). With a building that tall, you could probably choose to power it with it's own windmills near the top of the building, it would become a city unto itself. Los Angeles is not a major business center (it is a center for entertainment and industry). Dubai has a stock exchange now, and the people running that exchange can think about building their city without the century old infrastructures of New York or London. These jobs aren't to hire locals, a huge number of the workers are foreign. Only roughly 6% of Dubai's wealth comes from oil, most of it comes from trade, manufacturing, and financial services. In terms of a waste of money and resources, the trillions of dollars the US spends in a decade on it's non-defense military (I'm calling non US based military in say Okinawa or Ramstein Germany non-defense to be clear), with it's growing homeless population (poverty and suffering) seems like it could be considered a much bigger waste. I don't see that "elevating ourselves spiritually" is necessarily antagonistic to building tall buildings (the denser the human population the more room their is for nature, maybe every 10th floor is a church).

As for the unfavorable view of (US)Americans here, I think that despite some real problems, the US leads still (perhaps for not much longer) the world in science, and in economic opportunity. We have most of the worlds billionaires (we are not a land of perfect opportunity, but we are still a land of opportunity). We have had what I consider a grotesquely under qualified chief executive for the past 7+ years, and he has caused tremendous damage to our nations spirit. I have no doubt that we have learned our lesson (at least for a little while) and will do better for the next 8 years.

3

What a marvel of human ingenuity and creativity. Those who mock it are the same who surely despise themselves, perhaps for their own misunderstood "shortcomings." What is truly grotesque and obscene is a gluttonous American with his greasy fingers all over the keyboard, spilling soda and fries everywhere, while his heater, refrigerator, ice maker, oven, cable-HDTV flat panel and, popcorn machine run all night. And he still whines. Wah...boo-hoo! Build the structure. Build more. Employ people. House people. Grow economies. Accommodate a growing population. Face reality, selfish piggy-pig pig. Go skyscraper go!

4

Improve the conditions of the poor workers building those tall buildings.

5

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Prince-Alwaleed-Bin-Talal-Alsaud_0RD0.html" REL="nofollow">Alwaleed is still worth $21 billion according to Forbes latest list 19th richest man. His investment in citibank in the 1990's paid off big for him. He has invested in them again. Even if the citibank stock is down Alwaleed could be doing fine it depends upon the terms of the investment.

6

annother tower of Babel , just to boost the pride to be the highest, What an illusion and for so much waste of energy in the form of money and labor,and how long will it stay on the planet if it is ever built,why not try to elevate youself/ourselves spiritually instead of wasting our human energy and brain in stupid,temporary dreams just for show to prove we are the most technologically advanced beeings on earth (maybe truth externally but inside it shows that our human dignity is already demolished).

7

Ya this is the same "Saudi Prince" who started out with a bunch of someone else's money. He was worth over 10 Billion 10 yeras ago. Now only a fraction of that oops - guess I shouldn't have bought so much CitiBank Stock.
Anyway, I don't think he's floated his artists concept past any Architects or Engineers cause you can't go above about 60 floors without teiring the stucture. The footprint will be way too haevy and the structure would collapse. If this is not a joke it's just stupid.

8

It's apparent that this guy is suffering from LDS (little dick syndrome).

9

I wonder how long it will take the earth firsters to take this thing down?

Or more likely, how long will it take the US to invent a reason to go over and destroy it like Iraq?

10

the building is part of a larger development with other buildings.
to go that high has some economic reasons, but also is an ego and branding thing. The cache of the tallest building. Petronas towers provided some national pride to Malaysia as does Taipei 101 for Taiwan.

Tall buildings that were never the tallest. It is tough to name them. Even a complex of tall buildings.

11

This project is, probably, a type of "public project" aimed to reduce the lack of jobs (first) and show the power of the Saudis (second). Other good reason to develop this monster (in a good way) is that the place lack of a proper network of water, sewage, power, streets, etc. So, it is easier to build a big skyscraper, that build many normal skyscrapers and build a proper grid, the many streets, the many networks of tubes for water, and so on.

12

This is not 'tax dollars at work' as one commentator has said but simply US Gas dollars at work. Over the coming decades we are going to see a massive transfer of wealth out of the US economy and into the Infrastructure of Net Oil Exporters. Here in Europe we DO tax Gas rather heavily and put the proceeds to work locally -building bridges that don't fall down for example.
The general good of a fair level of 'Taxation' is too hard a concept for the average US citizen to grasp, you would rather spend the extra saved on plastic Chinese toys.

13

The tall buildings to compensate for other shortfalls, haha.

14

The first one is almost finished.
See photos here .
amazing!

http://www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com/2008/03March/2008March.html

15

All those people talking negative of this project are just HATERS!!!
Build to your hearts delight baby!
But from a economical point of view what is the point of building such a tall building?
Why not build a bunch of say 50 or 75 story buildings?
Why spend $10,000,000,000 (thats $10 Billion) for one building?
Im sure something thats have as tall will be only 25% of the price.
This is a great building for the publicity but who will be able to afford the rent????
In Los Angeles 1 square foot of prime office space is like $3 to $5 per square foot.
But for a $10 Billion dollar building how much will they have to charge?

16

your tax dollars at work

17

Target rich environment for the Iranians.

18

another egoistic king

19

I don't think Alwaleed's second investment choice was going to be aid to the poor.

Although the mile high building is suppposed to part of a larger development to provide schools, housing, hotels, and retail and office space to the area. So jobs, schools and hospitals.

20

What a grotesque waste of money and resources. It's obscence in the face of the poverty and suffering of the region.