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June 2014

Nuclear will keep the home fires burning in China

Beijing practices what it preaches as it campaigns to export reactors

Raising the temperature: China's nuclear expansion includes the development of small high temperature reactors that will provide heat for industrial processes. Jiang Mianheng, who is the son of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, heads a Shanghai high temperature project for the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In recent blogs, we’ve pointed out how nuclear reactor companies are turning to seemingly unlikely geographies for growth. Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America – hardly traditional nuclear markets – look set to help revive the nuclear renaissance that stalled following the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima plant in March, 2011. We’ve also noted that China and its state-owned reactor companies are among the nuclear purveyors chasing business

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China steps up nuclear ties with Arab world

Non-western and developing nations turn to the East and Russia for maiden voyages into atomic energy. The West likes them too – London calling!

Chinese president Xi Jinping, pictured with U.S. Barack Obama during March's Nuclear Security Summit in Holland, wants to help the Arab world achieve “high tech breakthroughs in nuclear energy.”

Welcome to the new growth curve of nuclear power: While developed countries like Germany, Japan and the U.S. either walk away or dither over their commitment to atomic energy, non-Western and developing nations are turning to it in droves, often tapping Russia, China and the East as their provider.

UK government-industry body seeks proposals for alternative nuclear

Public-private investment group including BP, Shell and Rolls-Royce says small reactors could trump large conventional designs and help meet CO2 reduction goals

The future of nuclear? Royal Dutch Shell is part of a British public-private investment group that is seeking proposals for small modular reactors.

A key low carbon public-private British investment group that includes oil and turbine companies BP, Shell, Rolls-Royce and Caterpillar is casting its net into nuclear, seeking proposals for alternative reactors that depart from conventional designs and that could serve as a source of both electricity and heat. The request for proposals (RFP) from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) marks a widening of the group’s interests beyond the renewables and fossil-fuel

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