Nuclear Renaissance

In an article published on EIKE’s web site, Dr. Lutz Niemann summarises the increasing trend to nuclear power.

I’ve downloaded the original PDF for my own summary (in English):

  • Egypt plans to build 4 nuclear power stations by 2025.
  • Algeria plans to build 2700 MW of nuclear generating capacity by 2027
  • Argentina, which has had a pebble-bed reactor running since 1983, is adding a 4th one with 1200 MW capacity.
  • Armenia is contracting the construction of USD5000 million worth of nuclear power stations to Russia.
  • Bangladesh is planning to have a new plant operational in Roopur by 2015.
  • Belgium has extended the life of its oldest stations to 2025.
  • Brazil is expanding its nuclear generating capacity by 4000 MW by 2030.
  • Bulgaria is anxious to resume construction of a nuclear plant which was suspended when funds ran dry.
  • China has 24 nuclear power plants currently under construction or in advanced project stages, with a capacity of 25,400 MW. A total of 40,000 MW nuclear generating capacity is planned by 2020 and along-term one of 60,000 MW.
  • Germany has extended the life of existing nuclear plants, reversing a previous decision to shut them down prematurely.
  • England is to increase its nuclear generating capacity from the current 20% to 40%. German constructors are bidding to add 6000 MW of capacity in the UK by 2025.
  • Estonia is cooperating with 2 other Baltic nations in the construction of nuclear power stations.
  • Finland’s government approved the construction of 2 new nuclear power stations.
  • France is building another EPR reactor; and set to export even more electricity to its European neighbours.
  • India is scaling up its nuclear power capacity, which at present meets about 3% of demand to a target of 40% by 2040.
  • Indonesia has announced that its first nuclear plant will be constructed on Java by 2016.
  • Iran supposedly has just opened its first nuclear power plant this month.
  • Italy has reversed its withdrawal from nuclear power generation and has feasibility studies for at least 4 new plants in progress.
  • Japan currently supplies a third of its electricity from 54 nuclear power plants. 14 more are to be added by 2030.
  • Jordan is planning at least 2 nuclear power stations to fill a third of electricity demand by 2030.
  • Canada has extended the life of some existing reactors to 2014. Alberta is set to get its first nuclear power station while existing reactors are upgraded.
  • South Korea is planning to add 12 more stations by 2022, aiming to increase the nuclear share of electricity from 35% at present to 59% by 2030.
  • Lithuania and Latvia are working together to construct new nuclear generating capacity.
  • Malaysia announced that it intends to be generating its first nuclear power by 2023.
  • Mexico operates two boiling-water reactor power stations in the Gulf. Future energy provision scenarios include one for 10 more stations.
  • The Netherlands have extended the life of their plant at Borsele by another 20 years; to 2033.
  • Nigeria has been offered a nuclear power station and research reactor by Russia.
  • Norway investigated the use of its copious thorium reserves for nuclear power in 2007, but has not progressed from there.
  • Pakistan is constructing 2 more nuclear power stations with a total of 680 MW generating capacity.
  • The Phillipines started construction of a plant in 1976, but after a time, abandoned the project; in the last instance due to the Chernobyl scare.
  • Poland plans to construct 2 nuclear power stations,each with 3000 MW capacity.
  • Qatar, together with France, are investigating possible locations for Qatar’s first nuclear power station.
  • Rumania is trying to complete the construction of at least one station.
  • Russia is setting out to construct 26 new power station “blocks” by 2030 to increase the nuclear power share to 30%.
  • Saudi Arabia is looking at nuclear power to fill the 29,000 MW increase in projected capacity needs by 2020.
  • Sweden repealed its 1984 ban on the construction of new nuclear plants in 2010, allowing the 10 existing stations to be replaced by new ones.
  • Switzerland plans to replace its existing nuclear power stations and electricity imports from France starting around 2020.
  • Slovakia is constructing a new reactor at an existing station in Bohunice.
  • Slovenia is building a second reactor at Krsko.
  • Spain has extended the life of its second-newest reactor to 2020.
  • South Africa currently operates the only nuclear power station on the continent at Koeberg. The country’s research into small, modular pebble-bed reactors has been frustrated by lack of finances.
  • Taiwan has two nuclear power stations under construction, each with 1350 MW capacity; scheduled to come online in 2011 and 2012. Six more are already operational, with a total capacity of 5144 MW.
  • The Czech Republic has requested tenders for the provision of two more generating units at its Temelin plant. Older stations are being upgraded for more capacity.
  • Turkey is building 3 nuclear plants near Mercin.
  • Ukraine is completing 2 more reactors.
  • Hungary is increasing its nuclear generating capacity which presently fills about 40% of the country’s requirements by adding 2 new generating units to the 4 existing, older ones.
  • USA has extended the life of 59 of its 104 plants to 60 years and the government is funnelling USD$40,000 million into the development of Gen IV reactors.
  • United Arab Emirates has signed up for four nuclear plants each of 1400 MW capacity to be supplied, operated and maintained by South Korea’s KEPCO.
  • Vietnam plans to construct up to 14 nuclear power stations in 20 years.
  • Belarus plans to expand the nuclear power share to 30% by 2020 by construction of new plant and the expansion of existing ones.

Authors of the study are Dr.-Ing. Günter Keil of Sankt Augustin and Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Wahl of Wachtberg

Original document (in German)

(Originally published on Facebook 2010-09-30. Before the Fukushima natural disaster caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami.)