This is a rendering of the plant. The image was tweeted out from the U.S. account of Global Times corporate owner, People's Daily.China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC) unveiled plans on Friday to develop a series of floating vessels aimed at providing power to oil platforms and to the manmade islands sitting in the South China sea, which are locations that are miles way away from nearby power grids.

As reported by the Global Times, a paper run by the country’s government, there will be an estimated 20 maritime platforms developed by the state-run CSIC.

Other information surrounding these constructs is sparse. Liu Zhengguo, the director of the general office of the CSIC, told the publication these platforms would be built off of “mature technology” and that multiple government and safety organizations along with private enterprise have met to discuss problems regarding viability and identifying a potential location.

A demonstration project is projected to be completed by 2018 with activation coming the following year, but The New York Times adds that there are still some noticeable safety concerns.

Typhoons, for instance, are a prominent presence in the South China Sea. There’s no indication about these barges would be able to avoid these storms. Also, no explanation was given in terms of how to prevent nuclear radioactivity from reaching the shores through wind gusts if a meltdown occurred.

Still, China has always announced plans for ambitious projects. It touted its desire last week to land a rover on Mars within the next four years. 


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