Press release
Paris, 4 June 1996

Nuclear energy generation in OECD/NEA countries to increase beyond 2000

Electricity produced from nuclear power stations in OECD/NEA member countries should continue to grow, from 1902 Terawatt-hours (TWh) in 1995 to 2171 TWh in 2010. However, the nuclear share of total electricity production, which stood at 24.6 per cent in 1995, is projected to stabilize at 24 per cent in the year 2000, and to decline slightly to 21.7 per cent by 2010. Electricity demand should continue to grow at about 1.7 per cent annually beyond the year 2000.

This information is published in the annual survey of developments and projections of nuclear generation, installed capacities and associated fuel cycle services carried out by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The survey, Nuclear Energy Data, also known as the "Brown Book", is based on official statistics and projections to 2010 submitted by OECD/NEA countries.

Nuclear energy currently represents about 76 per cent of total electricity production in France, 55 per cent in Belgium, 46 per cent in Sweden, 39 per cent in Switzerland, 36 per cent in the Republic of Korea, 33 per cent in Spain, 32 per cent in Japan, 30 per cent in Finland, 30 per cent in Germany, 26 per cent in the United Kingdom, 20 per cent in the United States, 18 per cent in Canada, 6 per cent in Mexico, and 5 per cent in the Netherlands.

The total capacity provided by the 344 reactors now installed is 286.2 Gigawatts (GWe). Another 15 reactors (15.8 GWe) are under construction and six (5.6 GWe) are firmly committed. The total capacity of OECD/NEA nuclear power plants is projected to be about 302 GWe in the year 2000, and 321.4 GWe in 2010, account being taken of a deduction of 26.3 GWe to be taken out of service before 2010.

Nuclear Energy Data
OECD, Paris, 1996
ISBN 92-64- 04840-5

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