Asia leads nuclear with 80% of new plants last year

Asia is leading the way in nuclear energy, building eight of the 10 plants put into place around the world last year. That’s according to a new report from the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Asia is leading the way in nuclear energy, building eight of the 10 plants put into place around the world last year.

That’s according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association (WNA), which shows 10 reactors being brought online in 2016 more than doubled the annual average for the previous 25 years.

Nuclear generation across Asia has grown by 35% since 2012, with nuclear generation more than doubling in India and Pakistan and more than tripling in China over the last decade.

The report says two-thirds of the global reactors under construction are being built on the continent, with more than a third in China alone.

WNA Senior Communication Manager, Jonathan Cobb, said: “This report shows that Asia is leading the way in bringing new nuclear plants online.

“We need to build on this positive trend to accelerate the deployment of new nuclear capacity in Asia and worldwide.”