China is developing a floating nuclear power plant

China is developing a floating nuclear power plant

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Construction on the ship that will house the reactor will be over in two years and it will be operational by 2019. It could be deployed in the South China Sea, a contested military area, and could be used to supply power to both defense and commercial facilities

China is constructing a ship able to transport a nuclear reactor which could be deployed in the contested zone of the South China Sea. The plant, to be completed by 2018, will be fully operational the following year, its purpose will be supplying energy to remote areas. According to several experts, its main function will be to supply energy to facilities, plants, and other means of transport - including military facilities like bases and airports - in the South China Sea. "Normally, we burn oil for power, but the problem with the fuel is that the cost is not only high but sometimes you have to transport it in a long distance,‘ said a Chief Engineer of the China National Nuclear Corporation "Nuclear power vessels, however, is cost-effective and the fuel only needs to be recharged every year-and-a-half".