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Risks mount for global nuclear plant builders

Expanding market masks surging costs

TOKYO -- Cost overruns stemming from delays and stronger safety measures have emerged as an existential threat to nuclear plant contractors.

At first glance, the global market appears to be growing at a strong clip. Seventy-four reactors with an aggregate output of 78.25 million kilowatts were under construction as of January 2016, according to the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.

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