Energy experts have given the go-ahead for feasibility studies A team of 40 energy experts, commissioned by the Guangdong government, has given the green light to feasibility studies on four prospective sites for the province's fourth nuclear power facility. The sites - north of the Daya Bay nuclear facility - are Jiadong, Haijia and Tianwei in Shanwei's Lufeng township and Wuyu in Huizhou's Huilai township. A publicity official from state-owned China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding said it was too early to provide details of the cost and size of the project. 'We are promoting the development of nuclear energy but it is still not the focus of the country's energy policy,' he said. 'In the event of a power shortage, we will first redirect power to areas which are short of energy, followed by the building of a fuel-powered station and then only nuclear plants. We take a long-term view of nuclear power development to optimise the energy structure and raise the ratio of safe, clean, new energy.' Guangdong has two operating nuclear power plants at Daya Bay and one in Lingao. They generate a total 167.3 billion kWh, of which 93.68 billion kWh is supplied to Hong Kong from Daya Bay. Nuclear energy now accounts for up to 10 per cent of energy supplied to the Guangdong power grid. The State Council in July approved the second phase of the Lingao plant and in September approved a third plant at Yangjiang . The second phase of Lingao will include two 1,000-megawatt reactors. The Yangjiang facility, costing US$8 billion, will have six plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW each, making it the largest in the country. The team of experts, which included representatives from the Electric Power Planning and Design General Institute, found that the sites met basic conditions to allow the feasibility studies to be conducted. These included an abundant supply of fresh water, a stable geological structure and good transport links. Their opinions were commissioned by the Guangdong government.