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[cdn-nucl-l] World nukes increase, even with 4 UK shutdowns
This report from China is on an IAEA Press Release which I haven't seen yet.
Number of global nuclear power units reaches 439
www.chinaview.cn 2004-09-22 02:42:18
VIENNA, Sept. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The total nuclear power units in the
world had reached 439 by the end of 2003, according to a press release
issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday.
"This year marks 50th anniversary of civilian nuclear power. With 439
power reactors worldwide, nuclear energy continues to account for about 16
percent of the world's electricity production, keeping pace with the steady
growth in the global electricity markets," the press released said.
Their global energy availability factor has risen steadily from 74.2
percent in 1991 to about 84 percent in 2003.
This year, China, Japan, Russia and Ukraine each added one new nuclear
power plant to the grid, and Canada restarted a third unit that had been
shut down -- while in Britain, four small (50 megawatt) units were retired.
The current expansion and growth prospects are centered in Asia, said
the press release.
Of the 26 units now under construction, 15 are located in India, Japan,
South Korea, China. Seven units are under construction in Romania, Russia,
Slovakia and Ukraine. And a Finnish utility has signed a contract for a new
reactor and begun site preparation. Enditem