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September 03, 2010

Accidents that Caused Immediate deaths by Energy Source

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This is OECD's analysis, Comparing Nuclear Accident Risks with Those from Other Energy Sources, is meant to help policymakers understand how accident risks are managed at nuclear plants and illustrate that with a comparison of risks from other energy sources. The intergovernmental body presented data compiled by the Paul Scherrer Institute on every accident causing five or more prompt deaths in the energy industry between 1969 and 2000.

Previously this site has looked at deaths per terawatt hour for all energy sources. Those included latent deaths from air pollution.

Summary of severe accidents that occurred in fossil, hydro and nuclear energy chains in the period 1969-2000

   

                   OECD                 Non-OECD

Energy chain   Accidents Deaths Deaths/ Accidents  Deaths Deaths/
                                GWey                      GWey
 
Coal              75     2259   0.157     1044   18,017   0.597

Coal
(China 1994-1999)                          819   11,334   6.169

Coal
(without China)                            102     4831   0.597  

Oil              165     3713   0.132      232   16,505   0.897

Natural Gas       90     1043   0.085      45      1000   0.111

LPG               59     1905   1.957      46      2016  14.896

Hydro              1       14   0.003      10    29,924  10.285

Nuclear            0        0   -           1        31*  0.048

Total            390     8934            1480    72,324   
* These are immediate fatalities only GWey: Gigawatt-year of electric power Source: Data provided to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency by the Paul Scherrer Institute

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