Global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly in 2016 to 391.4 GWe net, up from 382.2 GWe at the end of 2015, according to data from the World Nuclear Association. Construction of three large reactor projects also started during 2016, while three units were permanently shut down. Ten new nuclear power reactors with a combined generating capacity of 9579 MWe came online in 2016. Five of these – Ningde 4, Hongyanhe 4, Changjiang 2, Fangchenggang 2 and Fuqing 3 – were in China. Unit 3 of South Korea’s Shin Kori plant was also connected to the grid, as were India’s Kudankulam 2, Pakistan’s Chashma 3, Russia’s Novovoronezh 6 and the USA’s Watts Bar 2.
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