Nuclear generating capacity rises slightly in 2014
06 January 2015
According to World Nuclear News, global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly in 2014 as five new reactors began supplying electricity, while just one was permanently shut down. Three new reactors came onstream in China, one in Russia and one in Argentina, while the Vermont Yankee plant in the USA was closed after 42 years of service.
The world starts 2015 with 436 operable reactors and a total nuclear generating capacity of some 377.7 GWe, compared with 435 reactors and generating capacity of 375.3 GWe a year ago.
Construction started on three nuclear units during the year: in Belarus, the UAE and Argentina.
In early 2015 Japan is still without nuclear power as its entire fleet of 48 reactors remains shut pending regulatory reviews. The Nuclear Regulation Authority gave approval during 2014 for the restart of four units, but these have yet to resume operation. Safety assessment applications for 17 other reactors remain at the review stage.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) also announced that units 5 and 6 of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, relatively undamaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked units 1 to 4, would also be decommissioned.