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Market Competition in the Nuclear Industry

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Nuclear power plants require a wide variety of specialised equipment, materials and services for their construction, operation and fuelling. There has been much consolidation and retrenchment in the nuclear industry since the 1980s, with the emergence of some large global nuclear companies. Electricity market liberalisation in many OECD countries has meanwhile placed nuclear plant operators under increased competitive pressure.

These structural changes in both the producer and consumer sides of the nuclear industry have had implications for the level of competition in the nuclear engineering and fuel cycle markets. With renewed expansion of nuclear power now anticipated, this study examines competition in the major nuclear industry sectors at present, and how this may change with a significant upturn in demand.

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Competition in services for maintenance and upgrading of existing nuclear power plants (NPPs)

Nuclear Energy Agency

The overall market for maintenance and upgrading of NPPs is a complex and diverse one, which can perhaps best be seen as a series of smaller markets. The activities covered range from routine maintenance and inspection services carried out during a regular refuelling outage, to major upgrading projects such as replacement of steam generators and reactor pressure vessel heads.

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