These global nuclear stations due to close soon

Illinois Power Plant Closings Reveal Worldwide Nuclear Issues, Clean Technica  June 9th, 2016 by   “………..International Nuclear Power

The World Nuclear Association……… enumerates 89 reactors scheduled to close by the end of 2025. Among the planned closures:

Armenia 1 in 2026
Belgium 2  by 2015, 5 more by 2025.
Canada 4 by 2015, 10 by 2025, 5 more by 2040.
Finland 3 by 2040
Germany 9 by 2025
Hungary 2 by 2025, 2 more by 2040
Mexico 2 by 2040
Netherlands 1 by 2025
Pakistan 1 by 2025, 1 more by 2040
Russia 1 by 2015, 23 by 2025, 4 more by 2040
Slovakia 2 by 2025
South Africa 2 by 2025
South Korea 1 by 2025, 1 more by 2040
Spain (7 reactors whose licenses run out before 2025, no decisions yet)
Sweden 2 by 2025, 5 more by 2040
Switzerland 34 by 2025, 2 more by 2040
Ukraine 2 by 2015, 10 more by 2025, 3 more by 2040
United Kingdom 1 by 2015, 6 more by 2025, 2 more by 2040

These numbers do not include the Japanese reactors shut down for safety checks following Fukushima, a third of France’s 58 nuclear reactors, and 7 Spanish reactors whose licenses are expiring without a close/refurbish decision by national regulators. Interestingly, the Philippines is converting a nuclear reactor to natural gas.

Worldwide, more than 60 reactors are under construction in 15 countries. However, other developments may threaten what some perceive as an international “nuclear renaissance”:

  • One Indian reactor has been… under construction for 12 years with no hook-up date in sight;
  • In Taiwan, two reactor units under construction for 15 years were halted this past April due to political opposition;
  • At least 50 of the units listed as “under construction” have encountered construction delays — delays lasting from several months to several years;
  • In China, ground zero for the so-called nuclear renaissance, 21 of the 28 units under construction are experiencing delays lasting between several months and more than two years; and
  • Of the 17 remaining projects, a few have come online but many have yet to reach a targeted start-up date, and may or may not face delays or cancellations in the future.

………. the future of nuclear power still definitely lies in the “partly cloudy” range.

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