Can the ocean fuel China’s nuclear boom?

China plans to have a fully operational facility capable of extracting uranium from the ocean in about a decade’s time, according to the country’s nuclear authorities.Construction work could start as early as 2026, and once completed the plant would have the capacity to extract tonnes of uranium a year from seawater, where uranium reserves are believed to be 1,000 times more than on land.The China Academy of Engineering Physics, which oversees the development of nuclear weapons, will lead the…