Construction peak in the 1980s.
Most of second-generation reactors have been built in developed countries, such as USA, EU, Japan and South Korea. The construction of nuclear power point (Note: the construction of a reactor is spread over several years) reached a maximum around the year 1980. The decline thereafter is due in the U.S.to the aftermath of the accident at Three Mile Island (Carter Doctrine) and in France by the fact that the nuclear park has met the energy demand. After 2000, major Asian countries like China, India begin to equip themselves with the beginning of a third generation of reactors. U.S. is also planning for new reactors.
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