According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there are 60 nuclear reactors currently under construction around the world.

China leads the way with 20 units in progress, followed by Russia with seven, and India with five. Twelve other countries, including the U.S., round out the list.

The IAEA predicts that nuclear power generating capacity will expand by as much as 56% by 2030. If that projection proves accurate, the world’s nuclear power generating capacity would increase from 382.9 GW in 2015 to 598.2 GW in 2030.

Some of the latest plant designs that are being raised are listed in Table 1. All of the designs in the table are pressurized, light water reactors.

Table 1. Advanced power reactors under construction.
Source: World Nuclear Association

The images in the following slideshow display some of the progress at 10 sites currently under construction.

1Stock_Barakah Unit 4_ENEC 2Stock_Novovoronezh NPP_Rosenergoatom 3Stock_VC Summer 2_SCE&G 4Stock_Fangchenggang 3_CGN 5Stock_Taishan_CGN 6Stock_Shin-Hanul 1_KHNP 7Stock_Hanhikivi_Fennovoima 8Stock_Plant Vogtle_Georgia Power 9Stock_Fuqing 6_CNNC 10Stock_Hinkley Point C_EDF Energy
AREVA’s EPR design has seen more than its share of construction problems. Although Olkiluoto Unit 3 began construction in Finland in 2005 and the Flamanville EPR in France commenced in 2007, China’s 2009-started Taishan Unit 1 (shown here) is likely to be the first EPR to reach commercial operation. It completed cold functional testing on Jan. 27, 2016, and is scheduled to start operating in the first half of 2017. Courtesy: CGN

Aaron Larson, associate editor (@AaronL_Power, @POWERmagazine)