World Nuclear Association estimates global nuclear power capacities to grow over till 2040 at a faster rate than at any time since 1990, increasing mainly due to extensive reactor building programmes in China, India and other countries in Asia.
The Association has revised its projections for nuclear generating capacity growth upwards for the first time in eight years following introduction of more favourable policies in a number of countries.
“French energy policy has been modified, delaying planned reduction of nuclear power in the share of its electricity mix by allowing operating lifetime extensions of existing reactors beyond 40 years. In the USA, state legislatures are starting to pass measures that support the continued operation of reactors, recognizing the valuable role of nuclear in providing low-carbon electricity.
At the same time, the process of granting a second operating licence extension for US nuclear reactors has begun, allowing reactors to operate for 80 years,” the Association said in a statement. Read More
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