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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3350

Question No. 506


Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, upon notice, on 16 November 1983:

What percentage of the world's nuclear power is produced in: (a) Western Europe ; (b) United States of America; (c) other Western world countries; and (d) the Commonwealth countries (so far as this can be ascertained).


Senator Walsh —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Accurate and up to date figures for total world nuclear power generation are not available because of difficulties associated with obtaining data for centrally planned economies. However, excluding the centrally planned economies, in 1982 the proportions of world nuclear power produced by the countries referred to in this question were as follows:

(a) Western Europe 40.8 per cent; (b) United States of America 37.8 per cent; ( c) *other Western world 18.6 per cent; (d) Commonwealth 11.2 per cent.

If an estimate is made of nuclear power produced in centrally planned economies (about 15 per cent of world total) the respective figures for 1982 would be around:

(a) 35.6 per cent; (b) 33.0 per cent; (c) *16.3 per cent; (d) 9.8 per cent.

*category (c) comprises Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries with nuclear capacities other than United States of America and Western Europe.