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10 Largest Nuclear Power Plants In The World

Niigata prefecture, Japan
Towns of Kashiwazaki and Kariwa
Has seven nuclear reactors. 
The station is about 220 km northwest of Toyko
The plant, owned by Tepco, was built in 1985

Gyeongsangbuk-do province, South Korea
Has six nuclear reactors have been built to withstand 6.5 magnitude earthquakes

Yonggwang, South Korea
Has six nuclear reactors that each produce over 900 megawatts of power. 
The plant, which began operation in 1978

4. Zaporizhzhia Atomic Energy Plant 6,000 Mega Watts
Enerhodar, Ukraine
The plant has six generators that The world’s worst nuclear disaster. About 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima during World War II.

Gravelines, France
The six reactors came online between 1980 and 1984 and the plant recently completed quite a milestone
It generated its 1000 billionth kilowatt hour of energy. 
Local fish farmers use the water that carries waste heat from the plant to help raise European sea bass and other fish. 
The warm water helps the fish grow faster.

Normandy, France
The second largest of its kind in France with four reactors that generate over 1,300 megawatts of power each hour. 
The rest of the country’s nuclear stations are located away from the coast and get their cooling water from rivers.
About 11 of the 15 inland plants have evaporative cooling towers to lessen the need for fresh water. 

Cattenom, France
The station is owned by Electricite de France (EDF),Europe’s biggest power generator and the world’s second biggest utility company. 
In April, about 2,000 people protested outside the site along with thousands across the country over the dangers of nuclear power.
France is one of the largest consumers of nuclear power, with 75 percent of its electricity coming from the source. 

8. Bruce Nuclear Power Plant 5,090 Mega Watts
Inverhuron & Tiverton, Canada
The largest nuclear plant in North America. 
The station takes up 2,300 acres near Lake Huron in Ontario.
It has eight nuclear reactors, but only six are operational. 
The company is on track to restart the other two reactors by 2012, adding another 1,500 megawatts of power to the station. Once all eight are operational, the station will become the world’s second largest nuclear plant by capacity.

9. Oi Nuclear Power plant 4,710 Mega Watts
Fukui prefecture, Japan
Owned by Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO)
One of Japan’s largest  utilities. 
The plant houses four nuclear reactors that each generate over 1,000 megawatts of power per hour. 
KEPCO has come under fire in the past for incidents at its nuclear plants. 
In 2004, five employees were killed at its Mihama nuclear plant from a burst of steam, which was blamed on neglected safety checks. 
In 2006, two employees were also injured in a plant fire.

10. Fukushima Daiichi 4,696 Mega Watts
Okuma, Japan
The world’s 10th largest nuclear station before Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. 
The plant started operations in 1971 and has six nuclear reactors, which were badly damaged on March 11. 
Tepco had planned two more reactors at the site, but the company now plans to abandon these and scrap the site entirely.
Most of the reactors are old boiling water reactors (BWR) based on a GE design. 
In February, Tepco admitted to the Japanese nuclear safety agency that it had submitted false inspection and safety reports.

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