Trip to China – 2

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CLP Group & Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Complex

The Center team left Weifang and took a taxi to Tsingtao about an hour and a half away. There are no flights from Weifang to Hong Kong or Shenzhen. Tsingtao is famous for its beer. It is a coastal city and is undergoing explosive growth. Building cranes were everywhere. During the ride to Tsingtao, the team observed more of the massive tree planting campaign that China has undertaken. Everywhere the Center team went, trees were planted. China has planted the equivalent of several major forests in tree planting programs. Every highway, urban and suburban area and even rural areas are covered with new tree plantings.

Shenzhen is a prosperous area of 10 million people that is close to Hong Kong, a city of 7 million people. The process of going from the Mainland city of Shenzhen to Hong Kong was interesting. The Center team caught a bus to an area near the Customs station. We were advised that it was a 10 minute walk to the Customs station. After meeting with a Customs agent to modify Zhang Xiaoping’s entry pass, the team took a train into Hong Kong, where we processed through the Hong Kong Customs station. The subway trains are new and have about 20 cars with no dividers between each train. It is actually hard to see the front and the back of the train. The trains are packed with people and arrive about every five minutes. It was about a 40 minute train ride into Kowloon (part of Hong Kong across the bay from Hong Kong Island).

Below left with CLP staff and below right with Yan Oi Tong students at nuclear model and display exhibition hall at Daya Bay nuclear complex

Our meeting with Dr. Gail Kendall and Simeon Cheng at the CLP Headquarters was informative. We discussed general environmental issues and focused on air and energy issues in Hong Kong during most of the meeting.

CLP is a huge international conglomerate. CLP Holdings had operating earnings of almost $10 billion in 2006 with total assets of $131 billion. CLP Holdings Limited is the holding company for the CLP Group of companies. It is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia. CLP has operations in Hong Kong, Australia, Chinese Mainland, India, Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

We support CLP’s stated strategy for continuing to deliver dependable electricity and environmental protection. CLP plans to utilize a combination of LNG, increased use of ultra-low sulphur coal, completion of the emissions reductions project to retrofit Castle Peak (caol-fired unit), promotion of renewable energy and energy conservation. CLP is also expanding the nuclear energy complex at Daya Bay. We would only add that CLP should utilize more nuclear power in its portfolio. We also understand that LNG is crucial to the continued operation of Black Point Power Station, which currently receives gas from the Yacheng gas field near Hainan Island. The field will not be able to sustain sufficient production early in the next decade.

CLP has a large renewables portfolio, which includes a number of subsidiaries and projects. The projects in Mainland China include 3 wind turbines in Nanao, 16 MW hydro power project in Huaiji, wind turbines in Shuangliao, Changdao, Weihai Rongcheng, biomass in Boxing and hydro in Jiangbian. CLP will also complete construction of two 600 MW coal-fired supercritical units in 2007.

Dr. Gail Kendall is familiar with all of CLP’s operations and she enthusiastically responded to our probing questions. She is quite aware that our mission is to see if we can figure out ways to assist CLP with its mission of providing electricity in the most environmentally friendly ways possible. Although they are very large and we are very small, both of us are powerful in our own unique ways. And one never knows where the next big idea will come from. We appreciate that Dr. Kendall took time out of her busy schedule to field our inquiries.

The two reactors at Daya Bay Power Station and the Lingao Nuclear Power Station are identical. These 4 reactors are being supplemented by the addition of two more at this location.

The Daya Bay Power Station is magnificient.

 

 

Lingao Nuclear Power Station, below, is beautiful too

 

Note the back door entrance and mirrors on the bus. There is also a front door. Below is the palm tree entrance to the nuclear power complex

 

 

 

CLP arranged to have a bus pick the Center team up at our hotel in Kowloon. Mr. Wan was

the tour guide and he met the Center team promptly at 7:30 a.m. The bus stopped at the Yan Oi Tong Secondary School at Tuen Mun to pick up approximately 30 students. Everyone had to go through Customs on the Hong Kong side and the Mainland side. We had to repeat the process coming back to Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The touring party viewed a video about the Daya Bay Complex at the Public Information Center. The group then took a tour around the nuclear models and displays in the exhibition hall. The group then boarded the bus and stopped at the 38 meter high platform to view the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station. Everyone reboarded the bus for the short drive to the Lingao Nuclear Power Station viewing platform.

After the tour everyone went to lunch where the students laughed at the Center’s Americans trying to use the chop sticks. Actually, Center President Norris McDonald is very good with chop sticks having worked in a Japanese gift shop during his college years. The chicken dish was just slippery. The rest of the meal went very well, chop sticks and all.

The Center team accomplished all of the trip objectives at this point and the next day (Saturday) was a site seeing day. Click ‘More’ above to see descriptions of the adventures. The last page will also include pictures of site seeing in Beijing and Weifang.

 

Below is construction on the fifth units at the Daya Bay Complex. Cranes to the right are beginning construction on the 6th unit at the complex.

 

 

Zhang Xiaoping and Norris McDonald in front of the containment dome head for the containment dome above.