2005 Worldwide Nuclear Energy Matches Record-Setting 2004 Output, According to Platts

Feb 10, 2006, 00:00 ET from Platts

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's nuclear generators in 2005
 appear to have matched their record 2004 output, according to Platts
 Nucleonics Week. Platts is the energy information business of the McGraw-Hill
     Platts calculated the nuclear total at 2.75-billion gross megawatt-hours
 (MWh). In 2004, the total was approximately 2.742-billion. The largest
 increase was recorded in South Korea, where addition of a new 1,000-MW unit
 helped the national total increase by 16-million MWh. The operators of the 103
 nuclear units in the U.S. came within 10-million MWh of their 2004 record of
 828-million gross MWh.
     "The most striking thing in these numbers is how much potential is still
 left, even with record generation," said Margaret Ryan, editorial director of
 Platts' global nuclear publications. "Nuclear units are putting out more power
 than ever before, and there are some places including the U.S. where operators
 have made measurable gains. But the numbers show many cases where reactors are
 far from maxed out. There is still a lot of energy potential out there."
     Nucleonics Week traditionally lists the 50 most efficient generators by
 capacity factor and the 50 largest generators. For 2005, the highest capacity
 factors were recorded by Korea Electric Power's Kori-4,Yonggwang-1 and -3, and
 Wolsong-3, in the U.S. by Constellation's Calvert Cliffs-1, Exelon's
 Limerick-1 and Duke Energy's Catawba-2, and in Japan by Chubu Electric Power's
 Hamaoka-4 and -5.
     The largest generators were led by German units including Brokdorf,
 Isar-2, Neckar-2, Grohnde, Emsland, and Philippsburg-2, by Japan's Hamaoka-5
 and Kashiwazaki-6, France's Paluel-1, and Lithuania's Ignalina-2.
     Platts Nucleonics Week tracks nuclear power plant performance worldwide
 monthly, and annually publishes this exclusive analysis of performance by
 nation and reactor vendor, including listing the top 50 performers. For more
 information visit http://www.nucweek.platts.com .
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