Nuclear Power Stations


April 2009

United Kingdom
19 Working nuclear reactors
13% of all electricity from nuclear power = 57 billion kWh

France
59 Working nuclear reactors
77% of all electricity from nuclear power = 419 billion kWh

Sweden
10 Working nuclear reactors
47% of all electricity from nuclear power  = 64 billion kWh

Finland
4 Working nuclear reactors
29% of all electricity from nuclear power = 22 billion kWh

Switzerland
5 Working nuclear reactors
39% of all electricity from nuclear power  = 26 billion kWh

That is a total of 97 working Nuclear reactors producing 588 billion kWh, an average of 6 billion kWh each.

Based on the above, and the power consumption figures for Australia (below), it would appear that if Australia had 24 Nuclear Power stations, they could remove all the current Coal fired power stations. (24 x 6 billion = 144 billion kWh)

In 2006 Australia’s power stations produced 255 billion kilowatt hours.

  • 56% (143 billion kWh) from coal-fired Power Stations,
  • 18% (46 billion kWh) from hydro and
  • 22% (56 billion kWh) from gas.

Sources:

Worldwide Nuclear Facts

Three Countries use Nuclear Power to provide over half of their total power needs, these are:

  • 75.20% France (58 Nuclear Plants with 3 proposed and/or being built)
  • 53.50% Slovakia (4 Nuclear Plants with 3 proposed and/or being built)
  • 51.70% Belgium (7 Nuclear Plants, none in the pipeline)

Three countries in the middle of the range provide about 20% in total, and these are:

  • 20.20% United States (104 Nuclear Plants with 33 proposed and/or being built)
  • 17.90% United Kingdom (19 Nuclear Plants with 13 proposed and/or being built)
  • 17.80% Russia (32 Nuclear Plants with 54 proposed and/or being built)

At the bottom end of the scale are these three countries, with very low levels at the moment.

  • 2.90% India (20 Nuclear Plants with 63 proposed and/or being built)
  • 2.70% Pakistan (2 Nuclear Plants with 5 proposed and/or being built)
  • 1.90% China (13 Nuclear Plants with 187 proposed and/or being built)

Totals Nuclear Plants in the World

  • 443 in Operation in 30 Counties
  • 544 proposed and/or being built in 44 Countries

Top Countries for Nuclear Power Plants

In Use

  • 104 USA
  • 58 France
  • 55 Japan

Proposed and/or being built.

  • 187 China
  • 63 India
  • 54 Russia

Sources:

World Nuclear Association
International Atomic Energy Agency


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