China Carbon Graphite Expects Continued Growth
Currently, there are 13 nuclear power reactors in China and 25 more are under construction, with plans to start construction on more facilities soon. Each of China’s 13 operating nuclear power reactors requires at least 10000 t/a of nuclear graphite. During 2010, China Carbon doubled annual production capacity from 15000 to 30000 t/a. The company intends to double annual production capacity again by June 2011 to 60000 t/a. The company expects to utilize its new facility, which has an annual production capacity of 30000 t/a, primarily to produce its existing products, including graphite electrodes, fine grain graphite and high purity graphite, which are used in a variety of high-tech applications including aerospace, defense, automotive and clean tech end products. In 2012, the company plans to develop isostatic graphite, including nuclear, solar, and semiconductor graphite in a separate plant. The company expects that USD 12 million will be needed to purchase an isostatic-moulding machine and to construct the new facilities in order to produce isostatic graphite. The company is currently operating at 100 % capacity. China is quickly becoming independent in regards to nuclear reactor design and construction and the nation plans to increase domestic manufacturing of nuclear plants and equipment. China hopes to be completely self-reliant in respect to the design and project management of their nuclear facilities as well.