Nuclear Energy Outlook 2008

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World energy demand continues to grow unabated and is leading to very serious concerns about security of supply, soaring energy prices and climate change stemming from fossil fuel consumption. Nuclear energy is being increasingly seen as having a role to play in addressing these concerns. Responding to renewed interest in nuclear energy, this Nuclear Energy Outlook uses the most current data and statistics available and provides projections up to 2050 to consider growth scenarios and potential implications on the future use of nuclear energy. It also offers unique analyses and recommendations on the possible challenges that lie ahead. Topics covered by the NEO include nuclear power’s current status and projected trends, environmental impacts, uranium resources and security of supply, costs, safety and regulation, radioactive waste management and decommissioning, non-proliferation and security, legal frameworks, infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, advanced reactors and advanced fuel cycles.

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Industrial, Manpower and R&D Capability

Nuclear Energy Agency

The reduced number of nuclear power plants constructed • worldwide since the 1980s has led to a significant consolidation of the NPP construction industry with two major consequences: a current limited capacity to construct new NPPs and a focus on pressurised water reactors. It is likely to take several years to redevelop the capability to build significant numbers of NPPs simultaneously around the world, while maintaining the necessary high standards and the ability to keep projects on time and to cost. There is evidence that this redevelopment of capability has already started. 


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