The Independent Assessment of Nuclear Developments in the World

World Nuclear Industry Status as of 1 January 2017

9 January 2017. The year 2016 was particularly rich in “nuclear news,” with a significant number of new reactors commissioned, the political go-ahead for the emblematic Hinkley Point C project in the U.K., French government rescue attempts for the technically bankrupt, quality-control-scandal-shaken global nuclear champion AREVA, the Toshiba-Westinghouse debacle, and many other events that will be scrutinized, as usual, in the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) to be released in late summer 2017.

Essentials. As in 2015, the year 2016 has seen ten nuclear reactor startups, five of which were in China (eight in 2015), and one each in India, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea and the U.S. The new American unit, Watts-Bar-2 in Tennessee, started up 43 years after construction start—a world record in project longevity. More…

WNISR + Visionscarto—Interactive Nuclear Construction Visualization Launched!

9 January 2017. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) team is proud to announce the launch of a fully interactive visualization on nuclear power reactor construction. How many of the 55 reactors currently under construction in the world are behind schedule? Which 13 countries are building nuclear power plants? Who are the technology providers? How long did it take for a specific reactor to be connected to the grid? For how long were the 90 units actually under construction before they were abandoned?
If you wish to find out these and more details about any of the 754 nuclear reactors that have been under construction sometime between 1951 and 2017, explore the Global Nuclear Power Database now available on the website of the prestigious Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

13 July 2016. The year 2016, marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe and the 5th year since the Fukushima disaster started unfolding, strangely might go down in history as the period when the notion of risk of nuclear power plants turned into the perception of nuclear power plants at risk. Indeed, an increasing number of reactors is threatened by premature closure due to the unfavorable economic environment.

In addition to the usual, global overview of status and trends in reactor building and operating, as well as the traditional comparison between deployment trend in the nuclear power and renewable energy sectors, the 2016 edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) provides an assessment of the trends of the economic health of some of the major players in the industry. Special chapters are devoted to the aftermath of the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.

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Australia
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Italy/France
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UK
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