China to Allow Public Access to Its Largest Atomic Power Plant

China has opened up its largest nuclear power plant to the public, state media said Sunday.

Amid booming economic growth, China plans to build dozens of nuclear power plants in the coming years to ease mounting power shortages, and Xinhua News Agency said opening up the Daya Bay plant in Guangdong province would allow the public to learn about power generation and safety issues.

Beijing regards nuclear power as a clean alternative to imported oil and China's own abundant but dirty coal reserves.

China has six nuclear power plants with 11 generating units, all located along its economically thriving east and southeast coasts, and the government announced earlier this month plans to build a power plant on its northeast coast in Shandong province, Xinhua said.

The facility in Rushan, a city near the eastern tip of the Shandong peninsula in the Yellow Sea, is the third planned nuclear facility announced this year. The others are both in the central province of Hunan, in the cities of Yueyang and Taohuajiang.

Daya Bay has six nuclear power generation units, some still under construction, with a total capacity of 6 million kilowatts.