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At Work: our annual report

At Work is an annual report of the World Nuclear Association's activities. You will find details of the Association's everyday work and plans for the year ahead.

Download the pdf of At Work 2018 Edition.



This past year has brought a lot of success for nuclear energy, despite the  challenging market conditions that many of us are experiencing.

In November, construction started on Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur. Bangladesh is following the United Arab Emirates and Belarus as the most recent nuclear newcomer country. Soon to follow will be Turkey, where general construction work started at the Akkuyu site in December in preparation for that country’s first nuclear power plant. Also in December, Egypt and Russia signed an agreement to build the first nuclear power plant in North Africa.

Nuclear continues to make progress in existing markets. More than 15 GW of new nuclear capacity is expected to start delivering electricity this year, three times the average level seen over the previous 25 years. We look forward to the coming year, with new reactors coming online and nuclear newcomer countries making progress in their programmes.

Even where developments are more challenging there has been positive news. In October, the recommendation of the Citizens’ Jury to complete construction of Shin Kori units 5 and 6 in South Korea was a welcome counter to the President’s decision to reduce his country’s reliance on nuclear energy.

World Nuclear Association continues to make progress and has seen its membership grow during the course of 2017. There have been major developments with Harmony, the global nuclear industry’s goal for nuclear to supply 25% of global electricity in 2050. The Harmony programme was officially recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the nuclear industry’s target and presented to the ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi in October.

It was a big year for our Working Groups, with Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL) and the OECD’s Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) jointly organising the 4th Conference on New Reactor Design Activities in September, making progress towards greater harmonization of reactor licensing requirements.

We brought together our information and communication activities into one department to increase efficiency and strengthen our products, including World Nuclear News, the Information Library, strategic communication and media relations.

World Nuclear University extended its reach by hosting the School on Radiation Technologies in Brazil, the first time it has ever hosted a leadership course in South America.

In terms of getting nuclear on the international agenda, we made outreach efforts to UN Environment, which does not include nuclear in the low-carbon future, and to the World Bank which has an outdated policy excluding nuclear.

The Association is gearing up for exciting times. Our World Nuclear Spotlight  Conference took place in Indonesia in February 2018, bringing attention to a potential nuclear growth area. We are looking forward to being the industry counterpart in a nuclear Clean Energy Ministerial work stream beginning in May, which complements the Harmony programme. More Working Group reports are due to be published, with the first covering the lessons learned from recent nuclear construction projects. This year World Nuclear University will launch a new programme for executives, the WNU Executive Enhancement course, and organize its 14th Summer Institute, which will be in South Korea. And we will continue to make the case for nuclear internationally, bringing attention to the Harmony goal of 25% nuclear by 2050 and the benefits that this will bring.

Also available: At Work 2017.



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