Nuclear power plants in Japan will supply 60 percent of the country's electricity needs by the year 2030 because nuclear power would be obtainable at a stable and low cost, a Japanese industry council said Thursday.
The Central Power Council, made up of nine major power companies and the government-financed Electric Power Development Co., made the prediction in a report on Japan's energy vision for the 21st century, said Yoshinori Minami, a council official.Mr. Minami said Japan's nuclear power plants supplied 26 percent of its total electricity demand in fiscal 1985, ending March this year, becoming the country's No. 1 energy source, followed by petroleum-fueled power plants accounting for 25 percent.
There are 32 nuclear power plants in operation in Japan. Another 10 reactors are under construction and six more are being planned, according to the Natural Resources and Energy Agency.
The report that Japan's electric demand will grow at a rate of 1.2 percent-1.7 percent a year and by the year 2030, atomic power will account for 60 percent of total supply of energy sources, followed by coal with 10 percent-20 percent and liquefied natural gas with 10 percent-15 percent.
Japan ranks fourth in the world in terms of nuclear power generation after the United States, Soviet Union and France.