Fukushima hasn’t dented MENA’s nuclear ambitions

The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima hasn’t dented the ambitions of emerging nuclear nations according to new research which shows 95,000 megawatts (MW) worth of nuclear capacity is expected to be […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima hasn’t dented the ambitions of emerging nuclear nations according to new research which shows 95,000 megawatts (MW) worth of nuclear capacity is expected to be added within two decades.

Middle East and North African nations (MENA) and Asia-Pacific countries will be “substantially bolstering” the size of their nuclear power production according to an intelligence firm’s latest findings.

MENA appears to be the top emerging nuclear region in the world with 42,000MW of planned and proposed nuclear power capacity to come online by 2030, found researchers at UK-based GlobalData.

Of these countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will increase nuclear power capacity the most with 20,000 MW by 2030, bringing in 14 new reactors.

Asia-Pacific is second with 26,900 MW, Europe third with 22,750 MW, and South and Central America will only introduce a relatively small 4,400 MW.

This bucks the central European trend seen in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany which have reacted negatively towards the Fukushima disaster.