Since its inception early in the second half of the 20th century, nuclear power generation has evolved from the R&D stage to a mature industry that supplies 17% of the world’s electricity. Well designed, constructed and operated nuclear power plants have proved to be reliable, safe and economic. Currently, more than 8400 reactor-years of operating experience have been accumulated worldwide, and a number of countries are heavily reliant upon this form of power.
Data compiled for the present Survey indicate that at the end of 1996 there were 439 nuclear power plants in operation and 43 under construction worldwide. According to data in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Power Reactor Information System, five nuclear plants were connected to electricity grids during 1996 - one in France, two in Japan and one each in Romania and the USA. Construction of three nuclear power plants was started: two in China (Qinshan 2, units A and B, PWR) and one in Japan (Onagawa 3, BWR).
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This 19th WEC Survey of Energy Resources contains a chapter for each energy resource, ranging from the conventional fossil fuels to the renewables, both new and traditional. Marine current energy has been covered for the first time. Generally, the coverage of each resource comprises a commentary by an leading expert in the field, data tables and country notes. The tables summarise the worldwide resources, reserves, production and consumption of fossil fuels and comparable data for non-fossil energy sources, as applicable. The country notes aim to highlight the main features of the resource and its utilisation. In addition, definitions pertinent to the resource in question are set out to aid the reader's understanding.
The data is only aggregated if at least 75 % of the observations are available (i.e. % of population or % of area or % of countries) on an annual basis.
The value "-9999" corresponds to "No Data".
Calculated pre 1991-1992 relative country share
Former Yugoslavia SFR:
The data for Slovenia includes the capacity and output of the Krsko nuclear power plant, even if it
is shared 50/50 between Slovenia and Croatia.
Energy Capacity - Nuclear is the actual capacity of the nuclear electric power industry to
describe the size of generating plants. “MWe” is the symbol for the actual output of a generating
station in megawatts of electricity.
Data Source: The majority of the data were provided by WEC Member Committees in 1997. If
information was not available from this source, data have been derived from the following
published sources: Nuclear Power Generation and Fuel Cycle Report 1997; September 1997;
Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy; Nuclear Power Reactors in the
World; April 1997; International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna; Energy, Electricity and Nuclear
Power Estimates for the Period up to 2015; 1997; International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna;
Les Centrales Nucléaires dans le Monde 1997; Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, France.
The estimates of nuclear generating capacity in 2010 for Armenia, India, Kazakhstan, Korea
(Democratic People's Rep.), Pakistan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom reflect the Reference Case projections in Nuclear Power
Generation and Fuel Cycle Report 1997.
Copyright c 2002 (Aggregations) United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva.
Data aggregation made by Andrea DeBono and Ola Nordbeck (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva).