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Middle East predicted to lead nuclear resurgence

Despite the disaster at Fukushima last year, nuclear power will become more prevalent in the future, according to a new report by energy analysts GlobalData.

According to research carried out by the company, emerging nuclear countries are expected to add more than 95 000 MW in global nuclear installed capacity by 2030.

The Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific are highlighted regions set to substantially bolster their nuclear power production.

GlobalData states: ࢀœThese countries have traditionally been dependent on fossil fuelsà‚ to maintainà‚ energy security, but with depleting reserves billed at higher prices and the impracticality of introducing large-scale renewable energy plants, many are increasing their reliance on nuclear power.ࢀ

GlobalData says the Middle East and North Africa is the top emerging nuclear region, with 42 000 MW of planned and proposed nuclear capacity to come on line by 2030. Of these countries, the United Arab Emirates will increase nuclear power capacity the most, with 20 000 MW by 2030, generated by 14 new reactors.

Asia-Pacific is second with 26 900 MW, Europe third with 22 750 MW, and South and Central America will only introduce 4400 MW.