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Analysis - Enter the Nimble Dragon: China looks to small reactors for nuclear edge

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By David StanwaySHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs that could be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft as part of an ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market.Within weeks, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is set to launch a small modular reactor (SMR) dubbed the "Nimble Dragon" with a pilot plant on the island province of Hainan, according to company officials.Unlike new large scale reactors that cost upward of $10 billion per unit and need large safety zones, SMRs create less toxic waste ...

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 12:17 IST
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