The year 2016 was particularly rich in “nuclear news,” with a significant number of new reactors commissioned, the political go-ahead for the emblematic Hinkley Point C project in the U.K., French government rescue attempts for the technically bankrupt, quality-control-scandal-shaken global nuclear champion AREVA, the Toshiba-Westinghouse debacle, and many other events that will be scrutinized, as usual, in the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) to be released in late summer 2017. As of 1 January 2017, 55 reactors are under construction in thirteen countries, at least 35 of which are behind planning, many of them several years. China alone has 21 units in work of which at least nine are behind schedule. The delayed projects in China include four Westinghouse AP1000 and the two AREVA-Siemens EPRs. All six reactors are currently scheduled for grid connection in 2017, just as four more units in China and six in other countries. Of these 16 reactors, 11 are already behind schedule. The year 2017 will therefore be an interesting test case for the industry.
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