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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Conclusions and recommendations

Nuclear Energy Agency

After a long period of consolidation and retrenchment due to the lack of new orders in most countries since the 1980s, this sector appears poised for a major expansion in the coming decade and beyond. Despite the prolonged market depression since the 1980s, the remaining NPP vendors have continued to develop their designs and are now offering considerably improved products to those available during the last major periods of nuclear expansion.

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