Capacity up, reactor numbers down

05 January 2007

World nuclear capacity increased by about 475 MWe during 2006. However the net number of reactors operating around the world fell by six to 435.

 

Eight older plants were retired from service. One reactor in

Zorita , Spain closed in April, the UK 's four oldest reactors at Dungeness A and Sizewell A closed at the end of December, as did Bulgaria 's two oldest units at Kozloduy and Slovakia 's oldest unit at Bohunice as a condition of EU entry.  

Tianwan 1 reactor in

China and Tarapur 3 in India entered operation while nine reactors had power uprates, to more than compensate for the loss in capacity of the older reactors.  

Compared with a year ago, two more reactors were under construction, 25 more were planned and 45 more were proposed.


World Nuclear Power Reactors as of 4 January 2007

 

 

REACTORS OPERABLE 
Jan 2007 

REACTORS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 
Jan 2007 

REACTORS PLANNED 
Jan 2007 

REACTORS PROPOSED 
Jan 2007 

 

No.

MWe

No.

MWe

No.

MWe

No.

MWe

Argentina

2

935

1

692

0

0

1

700

Armenia

1

376

0

0

0

0

1

1000

Belgium

7

5728

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brazil

2

1901

0

0

1

1245

4

4000

Bulgaria

2

1906

0

0

2

1900

0

0

Canada*

18

12595

2

1540

2

2000

0

0

China

10

7587

5

4170

13

12920

50

35880

CzechRepublic

6

3472

0

0

0

0

2

1900

Egypt

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

600

Finland

4

2696

1

1600

0

0

0

0

France

59

63473

0

0

1

1630

1

1600

Germany

17

20303

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hungary

4

1773

0

0

0

0

0

0

India

16

3577

7

3178

4

2800

15

11100

Indonesia

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4000

Iran

0

0

1

915

2

1900

3

2850

Israel

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1200

Japan

55

47700

2

2285

11

14945

1

1100

Kazakhstan

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

300

KoreaDPR (North)

0

0

0

0

1

950

0

0

KoreaRO (South)

20

17533

1

950

7

8250

0

0

Lithuania

1

1185

0

0

0

0

1

1000

Mexico

2

1310

0

0

0

0

2

2000

Netherlands

1

452

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pakistan

2

400

1

300

2

600

2

2000

Romania

1

655

1

655

0

0

3

1995

Russia

31

21743

3

2650

8

9600

18

21600

Slovakia

5

2064

0

0

2

840

0

0

Slovenia

1

696

0

0

0

0

1

1000

South Africa

2

1842

0

0

1

165

24

4000

Spain

8

7442

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sweden

10

8975

0

0

0

0

0

0

Switzerland

5

3220

0

0

0

0

0

0

Turkey

0

0

0

0

3

4500

0

0

Ukraine

15

13168

0

0

2

1900

0

0

United Kingdom

19

10982

0

0

0

0

0

0

USA

103

98254

1

1200

2

2716

21

24000

Vietnam

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2000

WORLD** 

435

368,827

28

22,735

64

68,861

158

124,225

 

* In Canada, 'construction' figure represents the two laid-up Bruce A reactors.

** The world total includes six reactors on Taiwan with a combined capacity of 4884 MWe, which generated a total of 38.4 billion kWh in 2005 (accounting for 20% of Taiwan's total electricity generation). Taiwan has two reactors under construction with a combined capacity of 2600 MWe.

 

Further information

 

WNN: EU accession brings early reactor closures
WNN: UK nuclear retirements

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