IAEA Chief Predicts Number of Nuclear Power Stations will triple by 2030

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TOKYO –The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano delivered a speech December 19 in Tokyo and presented a forecast that the number of nuclear power plants would increase by 90 to 350 units in the world between now and 2030. The figure was estimated by IAEA following the accident at the Fukushima I nuclear power station operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. Amano said, “While the rate of increase will be smaller than that prior to the accident, we still expect a substantial increase.”

Amano pointed out, “Except a fraction of European nations, many countries are still keen to use nuclear power while strengthening its safety.” He reiterated his view by saying, “The perception currently dominant in the world is that nuclear power continues to be a necessity” from the perspective of mitigating global warming and ensuring energy security.

Source: The Denki Shimbun

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