Table 2: Trends in fuel cycles and outages in Japan and USA

1 January 2000

Average NPP operating period (months) --------- Average NPP outage (months)1 Period of time between the initial connection of a reactor to the grid and shutdown for outage (excluding shutdowns for reasons other than outage).2 Period of time between shutdown for outage and when the reactor is reconnected to the grid (excluding outages lasting 800 days or more). 3 Refueling time.
Japan1 USA Japan2 USA3
1990 12.4 14.2 4.6 3.1
1995 13.1 15.5 3.2 2.1
2000 13.5 17.5 2.9 1.4
2005 12.4 18.9 4.2 1.3

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