Plant lifetime extensions and retirements
How many nuclear power plants are in the World 2021?
Number of operable nuclear reactors worldwide as of May 2021, by country
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Are there any new nuclear power plants being built?
The newest nuclear reactor to enter service, Watts Bar Unit 2 with 1,122 MW net summer electricity generating capacity, began commercial operation in October 2016. Two new nuclear reactors are actively under construction: Vogtle Units 3 and 4 in Georgia.
Where are new nuclear plants being built?
Most reactors on order or planned are in the Asian region, though there are major plans for new units in Russia. Significant further capacity is being created by plant upgrading. Plant lifetime extension programmes are maintaining capacity, particularly in the USA.
Will we run out of uranium?
According to the NEA, identified uranium resources total 5.5 million metric tons, and an additional 10.5 million metric tons remain undiscovered—a roughly 230-year supply at today’s consumption rate in total. … Breeder reactors could match today’s nuclear output for 30,000 years using only the NEA-estimated supplies.