IEA cuts global forecast for growth in nuclear capacity
London (Platts)--12Nov2012/750 am EST/1250 GMT
The International Energy Agency has cut its 2011 projections for growth in installed nuclear power capacity by 10% to 580 gigawatts in 2035 in its latest World Energy Outlook issued Monday, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the Paris-based agency told a news conference in London to present the report.
In aggregate, world nuclear capacity in the WEO's New Policies Scenario is about 50 GW lower than last year's prediction, Birol said.
At the start of 2011, a total of 30 countries operated 441 nuclear reactors, with a gross installed capacity of 393 GW, 83% of which is in OECD countries, according to the WEO.
Correspondingly, the share of nuclear power in total generation falls to 12% from 13%, it said.