The demand for energy increases with the world's booming population and expanding economy. We are consuming energy at a pace much faster than it can be replenished. Nuclear energy is one of the solutions to meet this ever increasing demand of energy. To date, there are about 440 commercial nuclear power reactors around the world, mainly relying on splitting, or fissioning, of uranium or plutonium nuclei. These reactors generate about 17% of the electricity world-wide.
Guangdong Nuclear Power Station and Lingao Nuclear Power Station at Daya Bay are located some 50 km to the northeast of Hong Kong. They began commercial operation in February 1994 and May 2002 respectively. Both stations use pressurized water reactors to generate power for the people of Hong Kong and Guangdong. Please click here for information on the design and operation of the nuclear power stations.