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Types of nuclear reactors

  Over 430 nuclear reactor units are in service around the world with total electricity capacity of about 370,000 MW or 370 GW. The major types of reactors in commercial operation includes :
    1. Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR)
    2. Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)
    3. Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (CANDU)
    4. Graphite Moderated, Direct Cycle (Boiling Water) Pressure Tube Reactor (RBMK)

  About 60% of the nuclear reactors in commercial operation are of Pressurised Water Reactor type similar to those at GNPS and LNPS.

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Last revision date: <19 Dec 2012>