China State Shipbuilding Corporation started development and construction of nuclear-powered offshore platforms in association with Shanghai municipal government and China General Nuclear Power Corporation, which is developing small modular nuclear reactor for marine usage. The building of the first nuclear-powered offshore rig probably will be done in Jiangnan Shipyard. The implementation of nuclear energy is merchant shipping and offshore is new step from improving efficiency of the modern maritime transport. Currently nuclear-powered vessels are used in Russia, as icebreakers for operations in the Northern Sea route.
“The nuclear-powered offshore equipment will significantly promote the development of China’s offshore economy and transform its domestic shipbuilding industry”, said the President of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Dong Qiang.
China General Nuclear Power Corporation has developed small modular nuclear reactor ACPR50s for maritime use, which was approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission. The 200 megawatt reactor has been developed for the supply of electricity, heat and desalination and could be used on islands or in coastal areas, or for offshore oil and gas exploration.
China State Shipbuilding Corporation is one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China, the other being the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. Headquartered in Beijing, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation handles shipbuilding activities in the east and the south of China. It is one of the top ten defence groups in China, consists of various ship yards, equipment manufacturers, research institutes and shipbuilding related companies, some of the well known shipbuilders in China such as Jiangnan Shipyard and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.