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Launch of liquid salt reactor tests

China is about to begin test runs of a new type of nuclear reactor: a so-called liquid salt reactor. Behind the exotic name lies a type of reactor that runs on the element thorium and is said to offer several advantages over conventional nuclear reactors. The plant, located in the Hongshagang Industrial Park in Minqin 民勤县, north of the city of Wuwei, is expected to start generating power in the next few days, according to Chinese media reports. In any case, the local authorities have promised to begin operations in September.

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