In 2012 the nuclear power capacity worldwide rose to 372.5 gigawatts. In total 437 nuclear power reactors were operating worldwide in 31 countries. Although some countries like Germany and Japan have said to permanently shut down all reactors, others, such as China, India, Saudi Arabia and Russia will open new nuclear reactors in order to satisfy its energy demand.
Many countries have decided to shut down their nuclear power stations since the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Others, like China and South Korea, still rely on the advantages of nuclear power. The power stations that are currently under construction however will not enter the next top 10 list regarding their proposed capacity.
Despite the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the more recent accident in Fukushima, the safety record of nuclear power is better than any other major source of power. Some countries (China) are investing heavily in the development of new nuclear power plants in order to be less dependent on other countries for its economic growth. Others, such as Germany, have learned their lessons from Fukushima and will eventually phase out nuclear power. But what about the dependency on nuclear power by country? What’s the nuclear share of the electricity production? Here’s a list of nuclear power dependency by country!
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