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China Claims Nuclear Fuel-Reuse 'Breakthrough'

State media in China say Chinese scientists have developed a technology for reprocessing nuclear fuel that could dramatically increase the efficiency of existing nuclear-fuel reserves.

China Central Television said the technology, developed after 24 years of research, will enable the country to reuse irradiated fuel.

The report said the technology would help stretch uranium reserves to 3,000 years, up from current estimates of 50 to 70 years.

China has been concerned over fuel supplies for its nuclear power program, which Beijing plans to expand to meet rising electricity demand.

compiled from agency reports