World Nuclear Industry Status

[Machine Translation] Nuclear power still produces 10.5% of the world’s electricity, but its production capacity is lower than it was ten years ago, says the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. The historical actors of the atom are experiencing serious difficulties. A two-color graphic summarizes the thick new edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, which shows the number of new nuclear reactors started every year in the world since 1951. In 2017, a. The previous year there were two. In 2015, six in China and two in the rest of the world. Nuclear energy has not disappeared from energy production in the world, but it is no longer renewed. Today, it accounts for 10.5% of electricity supply. But in ten years it will necessarily be less because the number of new projects actually initiated is reduced, while the average construction time is increasing. Wherever the electricity market is competitive, no new nuclear reactor has been launched. By 2016, 10 reactors have started, including five in China, and two have closed.

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The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programs in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. The WNISR2017 edition includes a new assessment from an equity analyst view of the financial crisis of the nuclear sector and some of its biggest industrial players. The Fukushima Status Report provides not only an update on onsite and offsite issues six years after the beginning of the catastrophe, but also the latest official and new independent cost evaluations of the disaster. Focus chapters provide in-depth analysis of France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Nuclear Power vs Renewable Energy chapter provides global comparative data on investment, capacity, and generation from nuclear, wind and solar energy. Finally, Annex 1 presents a country-by-country overview of all other countries operating nuclear power plants.

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The number of nuclear newbuild projects worldwide has dropped to a decade low in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster and due to the rising cost of atomic energy, an industry report showed. From a high of 15 in 2010, the number of construction starts of nuclear reactors worldwide dropped to 10 in 2013, eight in 2015, three in 2016, and just one in the first half of 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR). China, the most active builder of nuclear plants in the past decade, saw its newbuild activity slow from 10 in 2010 to six in 2015 and just two last year. “This may be the end of the Chinese exception,” lead author Mycle Schneider told reporters in Paris. The 2010 construction peak marked the end of a brief nuclear renaissance when several countries started building reactors again after a nearly 20-year hiatus following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Schneider said he would not be surprised to see more nuclear projects under construction being dropped, following the abandonment of a high-profile one in the United States.

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Published: 13 September 2017