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