Nuclear Power Industry "Recovers" Global New Nuclear Power Installation Capacity to Record High
Russian media said that the newly installed capacity of nuclear power plants in the world hit a 30-year high of 15 gigawatts last year. In order to cope with global climate change, countries have gradually begun to reduce consumption of hydrocarbon compounds and increase investment in nuclear power plant construction.
According to a report on April 16 on the website of "Russia Today," Sergei Kiriyenko, first deputy director of the Russian President's office, said at the 11th International Nuclear Industry Exhibition in Sochi that 15 GW was the highest increase in the installed capacity of nuclear power plants in the past 30 years. At the same time, the installed capacity of the first-time nuclear power plant is 10 gigawatts, with the remaining 5 gigawatts coming from the nuclear facilities that Japan has reopened. Russia has guaranteed about 40% of the world's new nuclear power plants.
According to the report, International Atomic Energy Agency data show that 55 new reactors are currently under construction in 18 countries, of which 5 started construction in 2018.
"More than 50 countries have shown interest in developing nuclear energy and are at various stages of preparing for the implementation of nuclear energy projects," Kiriyenko said.
According to reports, according to the International Energy Agency, the demand for nuclear energy will increase by 3.3% in 2018. In contrast, global oil consumption increased by only 1.3%. In addition, the agency's report showed that the power output of the nuclear power plant reached a seven-year high, returning to the level before the Fukushima accident in Japan.
According to statistics of the International Energy Agency, today, the total installed capacity of about 450 nuclear power plants in 30 countries in the world is 400 GW. According to the agency's forecast, this figure will increase to 518 GW by 2040.
Agnita Lessing, Director General of the World Nuclear Industry Federation, said that in the next few years, nine nuclear reactors are expected to be built in countries such as Belarus, UAE, Turkey and Bangladesh that have never developed nuclear energy before.
Reports say EU countries are particularly interested in building nuclear power plants. Gerasimos Thomas, Deputy Director-General of Energy of the European Commission, said that the EU intends to intensify the promotion of nuclear energy and reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. European countries intend to invest about 500 billion euros (1 euro is about 7.6 yuan RMB) in the development of nuclear energy.
A nuclear power plant near Rebustat, Switzerland. (Reuters)
Source: Reference Information Network