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IAEA: Global Nuclear Power Capacity Falls 4.5 GW in 2019

IAEA: Global Nuclear Power Capacity Falls 4.5 GW in 2019IAEA: Global Nuclear Power Capacity Falls 4.5 GW in 2019

Global nuclear generating capacity was 391.1 gigawatts as of December 31, 2019, with 443 operational reactors in 30 countries, a fall of 4.5 GW from 386.6 GW at the end of 2018, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement Friday.
The data was compiled in the IAEA's annual nuclear power status report collected by its Power Reactor Information System, or PRIS, the "world's most comprehensive nuclear power database," the agency said.
The IAEA attributed the drop to Japan's decision to permanently shut down five reactors that had not generated electricity since 2011, S&P Global Platts reported.
At the end of 2019, more than 57.4 GW of capacity, or 54 reactors, were under construction in 19 countries, including four that were building their first reactor, the agency said.
"Near and long-term capacity growth prospects are centered in Asia," the IAEA said. At the end of 2019, some 36.5 GW, or 35 reactors, was under construction in Asia.
It also noted that "nuclear power capacity since 2011 has shown a gradual growth trend," including 23.2 GW of new capacity "added by the connection of new units to the grid or upgrades to existing reactors."
About 2,586 terawatt hours was generated by nuclear power in 2019, around 10% of the global electricity mix that year and around 33.3% of the "low carbon" power mix globally, it said.

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