US Nuclear Reactors 395.15 Terawatt hours for first half of 2010 and China Starts Building Two More Reactors

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1. For June 2010, nuclear generation was 68.3 billion kilowatt-hours compared to 69.4 billion kWh in June 2009. The average capacity factor for June 2010 was 94.2% compared to 95.7% in June 2009. Following last month’s trends, year-to-date 2010 nuclear generation is 0.8% behind the same period in 2009 but is slightly higher than the same period for the record year in 2007. The first half of the year has seen 395.15 TWH of generation for nuclaer power in the USA.

2. A ceremony was held on 28 July to mark the breaking of ground for the two 1000 MWe CPR-1000 pressurized water reactors which will form Phase II of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in Liaoning province in northeast China.

The cost of constructing Phase II is 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), according to the Xinhua news agency. Over 80% of the equipment to be used in the Phase II units is expected to be sourced domestically. Construction of each of the four CPR-1000 units making up the adjacent Phase I of the Hongyanhe plant is already underway. Yang Xiaofeng, manager of Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Co, said that all six units at the site should be in operation by the end of 2016.

The reactors are to cost $1.85 billion per GWe.

3. Japan increased June, 2010 nuclear power generation by 16.5% over June 2009 to 22.48 billion kWh

Overall Japan is about about 12.5% (16 TWH) for the first half of 2010 over 2009 for nuclear power generation.
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