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WNA's Greg Kaser to support member companies in developing robust supply chains

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In anticipation of an epoch of worldwide nuclear new build, WNA is devoting increased attention to supporting companies and investors in the task of constructing robust supply chains to ensure timely and efficient construction of nuclear power plants. The Supply Chain Working Group was set up in 2010 and has met three times since, in London, Beijing and Chicago. With a full agenda and the aim of publishing a market report on the global nuclear market, Greg Kaser was recruited in April 2011 to manage this initiative.

Greg KaserGreg started his career with the UK Atomic Energy Authority, working at the Risley nuclear establishment near Warrington, at Sellafield, and at the then fast reactor site of Dounreay in Scotland. Following a short placement at the European University Institute near Florence in 1987-88, during which he undertook research on the international regulation of employee safety in the nuclear industry, Greg moved into consultancy. Focussing on economic and social development, Greg undertook assignments for the European Commission, the UK Department for International Development and the Department of Trade and Industry, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Development Bank in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Over the last ten years, Greg acted as project director for part of the UK’s Global Threat Reduction Programme aimed at helping develop alternative employment in Russia’s closed nuclear cities.

Greg is looking to meet many of the main nuclear component suppliers over the coming months. "The industry is addressing its offer so as to position itself competitively," Greg told WNA Update. "Utilities and suppliers are investing in advanced and emerging economies to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. WNA is analysing the market potential for nuclear new build and major reactor refurbishment and upgrading. We aim to develop the knowledge base on the situation in leading markets, including licensing and policy requirements (for example, on the localization of supply). We are taking a look at market trends in standardization, modularization, procurement arrangements and financing models. Managing the supply chain to ensure quality, conformity and value is crucial to reducing perceptions of nuclear power as a risk-laden option within the investment and public policy communities."

WNA DG John Ritch speaks at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

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The lesson of Fukushima, from the event and its worldwide reverberations, is that our response must combine ever safer practice with ever better public education. Without both, the foundations of nuclear power will remain dangerously fragile, and so too will the prospects for the worldwide clean-energy revolution on which our planet’s environmental future so crucially depends. That was the message delivered in a speech by WNA Director General John Ritch at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety.

In the speech Fukushima - Shaping a Sound Response, John Ritch pointed out that the world population will continue its explosive growth, global electricity demand will continue to grow even faster, the need to cut worldwide carbon emissions remains essential and it remains true that we can achieve a global clean-energy revolution only with a vastly expanded use of nuclear power.

The IAEA Ministerial Conference was called by the IAEA to draw on the lessons from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in order to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world.