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Thursday 30 July 2015

Which Countries Have The Most Nuclear Reactors Under Construction?

Forbes, Jul 29, 2015 @ 2:30 PM

Niall McCarthy, Contributor

When it comes to countries building nuclear reactors, the majority of the world’s attention has been focused on just one of them over the past few years – Iran. However, it has now agreed to redesign and rebuild its reactor at Arak so it will not produce weapons-grade plutonium while its spent fuel will be shipped abroad.

Which other countries are currently building nuclear power plants around the world? According to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015, there are 62 active building sites globally, the highest number since 1990. China is currently the king of nuclear construction, accounting for 24 of those 62 projects, despite the fact that its wind energy sector surpassed nuclear in 2012. A further 27 reactors are currently operational.

Eight nuclear reactors are being built in Russia while a further six are under construction in India. The United States has 99 reactors in operation, the most of any country worldwide, while it is currently building a further five.

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