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Sunday, February 12, 2006
  Nuclear Numbers

Nuclear Weapons Estimate:

Number of U.S. nuclear weapons tests, 1945-1992: 1,030 [1]

Number of U.S. Navy nuclear propulsion reactors: 129 [1]

Number of estimated U.S. warheads: 10,600 (of which 7,982 deployed) [1]

Number of estimated Chinese warheads: 400 [2]

Number of estimated Indian warheads: 35-40 [3]

Nuclear Power Generation:

Number of operating U.S. power reactors: 104 [4, 11]

Number of operating U.S. test and research reactors: 36 [12]

Total number of Indian reactors: 23 (15 operating + 8 under construction) [5]

Installed U.S. nuclear power capacity: 105,560 MW [6]

Installed Chinese nuclear power capacity: 9,130 MW [15]

Installed Indian nuclear power capacity: 3,310 MW [7]

Planned U.S. fossil fuel-based power capacity 2005-09: 90,893 MW [6]

Planned U.S. nuclear power capacity 2005-09: 0 MW [6]

Planned Indian nuclear power (Uranium-based) capacity 2005-09: 3,420 MW [7]

Planned Chinese nuclear power (Uranium-based) capacity 2006-20: 40,000 MW [14]

International market price of Uranium ore (U3O8) in 2003: $10.75/lb [13]

International market price of Uranium ore (U3O8) in 2006: $37.50/lb [13]

Percentage of Uranium reserves available in India: 0.8 [16]

Percentage of Thorium reserves available in India: 25 [17]

IAEA Safeguards:

Number of U.S. nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards: 4 [8]

Percentage of U.S. nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards: 2.85% (4 upon 140) [8, 11, 12]

Number of Chinese nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards: 2 [9]

Number of Indian nuclear reactors already under IAEA safeguards: 4 [5]

Percentage of Indian nuclear reactors under IAEA safeguards: 26% (4 upon 15) [5]

Number of Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards: 15 [10]

Number of non-NWS nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards: 1023 [10]


[1] 50 Facts About U.S. Nuclear Weapons, The Brookings Institution, 2002

[2] Chinese Nuclear Forces, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2003

[3] India's Nuclear Forces, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2002

[4] Existing Capacity by Energy Source, EIA, U.S. Energy Department, 2005

[5] Civilian and Strategic Nuclear Facilities of India, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

[6] Planned Nameplate Capacity Additions from New Generators, U.S. Energy Department

[7] Nuclear Power Plants in Operation, Nuclear Power Corporation of India

[8] U.S.-IAEA Additional Protocol, U.S. State Department, 2004.

[9] China and the IAEA, Center for Nonproliferation Studies

[10] IAEA Safeguard Factsheet, International Atomic Energy Agency, 2001

[11] Research and Test Reactors Sites, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

[12] Power Reactor Sites, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

[13] International Uranium Price, Uranium Miner, 2006

[14] Nuclear Power in China, World Nuclear Association, 2005

[15] Chinese Nuclear Industry Progress, China National Nuclear Corporation, 2005

[16] Towards an Energy Independent India, Nuclear Power Corporation of India

[17] World Thorium Reserves, World Nuclear Association, 2005 

Extremely informative. Useful information.
Thanks Jaffna. Use them freely in your posts.
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