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10 New Nuclear Power Reactors Connected To Grid In 2015, Highest Since 1990

Ten new reactors were connected to the grid in 2015, the highest number since 1990, according to the 2016 edition of 'Nuclear Power Reactors in the World', published last week.

The global statistics recorded in this annual publication on nuclear power reactors show that as of 31 December 2015, the 441 operational reactors had a worldwide net capacity of 382,855 megawatts of electricity. Also within the same period, seven reactors were permanently shut down and 67 nuclear reactors were under construction.

"We hope this reference guide is a useful source of information for those countries interested in assessing the benefits of having nuclear power in their energy mix and for those already using nuclear power," said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy.

This is the 36th edition of Reference Data Series No.2, containing summarized information on power reactors operating, under construction and shut down as well as performance data on reactors operating in the IAEA Member States.

by RTT Staff Writer

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