Belgium’s ministerial committee has decided that the country’s nuclear energy plants will be extended until 2035 – ten years longer than had previously been planned. Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten said: "Doel 4 et Tihange 3 reactors would together provide 2GW of electricity as a supplement to renewable energies. This would be sufficient to power approximately 1.5 million homes."
Finland's Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor started on-trail production this week, delivering power to the national grid. It is Finland's first new nuclear plant to become operational in over 4 decades and Europe's first in almost 15 years.
The Bulgarian government has announced that it will build at least one nuclear reactor at the functioning Kozloduy Nuclear power plant on the banks of the Danube river. It is estimated that if the project starts this year, the reactor will begin operating between 2028-30.
The Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has recently announced that the government will invest close to ₽100 billion (€1.5 bn) into developing new nuclear projects. The New Nuclear Energy project includes the construction of low-capacity NPPs, the creation of a technological platform for waste-free energy with a closed fuel cycle, the development of a nuclear technology market and the creation of new nuclear fuel.
10% of the world’s electricity is nuclear and comes from 443 reactors. Recent studies show 54 more units are under construction in 20 countries, including China, India, Russia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Finland, and France. But in terms of the percentage of nuclear generation, France sits on top at 70%. Here is a look at the top countries in terms of the percentage of nuclear power generation.