Press release
Paris, 13 September 2002


Nuclear energy data to 2010 in OECD countries: Nuclear electricity production to continue growing at 0.7 per cent per year and the nuclear share of the total to slightly decline

Electricity produced from nuclear power stations in OECD countries is expected to continue to grow at 0.7% per year from 2 185 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 2001 to 2 316 TWh in 2010. Electricity demand is forecast to grow at about 2.2% annually beyond the year 2001. The nuclear share, which stood at 23.9% in 2001, is projected to decline to 21.1% by 2010.

The total capacity provided by the 360 reactors now installed in OECD countries is 305 gigawatts electrical (GWe). Eleven reactors (totalling 10.2 GWe) are reported to be under construction in the Czech Republic, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Slovak Republic. Another twelve (13.6 GWe) are reported as firmly committed. The total capacity of OECD nuclear power plants is projected to increase by 5% by the year 2005, and 8% by 2010.

In 2001 nuclear energy represented 76.1% of total electricity production in France, 58.2% in Belgium, 53.4% in the Slovak Republic, 43.9% in Sweden, 39.6% in Hungary, 39.3% in the Republic of Korea, 37.5% in Switzerland, 35.8% in Japan, 30.5% in Germany, 30.3% in Finland, 27.3% in Spain, 23.7% in the United Kingdom, 20.1% in the Czech Republic, 19.9% in the United States, 11.9% in Canada, 4.2% in Mexico and 4.2% in the Netherlands.

This information is contained in the just-published annual survey of developments and projections of nuclear energy 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 countries.

The 2002 edition has been substantially enriched as compared with previous years, offering new tables and graphs on nuclear capacity and electricity generation, as well as nuclear fuel requirements. The book also includes short country reports on main events in the nuclear field.

Nuclear Energy Data
OECD, Paris 2002 – ISBN 92-64-09899-2

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