In Asia we see the future of the Japanese fleet crystallising with the first reactors restarted in 2015 under a new safety regime. China continues to grow as a nuclear power hub, taking advantage of its stable and long-sighted policy regime as well as economies of scale. India is progressing both with new units and with imports of overseas technology, while South Korea is nearing completion of its first reactor exports to the United Arab Emirates which will be only the second country in the Middle East to generate nuclear electricity.

Even today's high rate of new build is, however, insufficient if the world is to meet the targets for reducing the impacts of global warming agreed at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) on climate change, which took place in Paris last year.

Asia is the main region in the world where electricity generating capacity and specifically nuclear power is growing significantly. From East through to South Asia, there are currently 128 operable nuclear power reactors, 41 under construction and firm plans to build a further 92. 46% of the world’s new capacity up to 2025 will be in Asia with much of this growth in China, Japan, India and Korea.

The 5th Asian Nuclear Power Briefing 2017 will take a pragmatic overview of the current global nuclear power scene, particularly in Asia focusing on the road ahead:

  • What are the policies and issues that governments have to face when determining what role nuclear power will play in its energy mix?
  • Funding nuclear power generation investments
  • Energy security and sustainability
  • Rebuilding public confidence in nuclear power as a safe and sustainable source of energy
  • Identifying innovative technology for nuclear power
  • Decommissioning and supply chain
  • Commercialising SMRs

Erratic and constant rising prices in oil and gas and the ever increasing threat to its regular and uninterrupted supply shows that nuclear power is still very much a part of the future of an effective Asian energy mix.

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