28.09.2016_No192 / News in Brief

2015 Nuclear Growth Driven Primarily By Asia, Says EIA

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28 Sep (NucNet): Global generation capacity from nuclear sources reached 383 GW in 2015, with 31 countries having nuclear programmes and 441 reactor units in commercial operation, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. Sixty new nuclear units are under construction in 15 countries, which is expected to add 59 GW of capacity over the next decade. The EIA said this growth was driven primarily by new build in Asia. According to the EIA, eight countries have submitted plans to the International Atomic Energy Agency for another 90 reactor units, equalling about 76 GW of output. The EIA said between 1980 and 2010 nuclear capacity in Asia increased four-fold, led mainly by South Korea, Japan, and India. Over the last decade, China’s nuclear capacity quadrupled, with 18 GW of the 22 GW added globally between 2009 and 2015 in China, the EIA said. China is building 20 of the 61 units under construction worldwide and has notified the IAEA that it has plans to build another 20 reactor units, the EIA said. For details: http://bit.ly/2cV9g3C

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