28 December 2023

ESI Africa

Data into nuclear energy: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023

In a comprehensive analysis spanning 549 pages, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023 (WNISR2023) provides a detailed assessment of the current landscape and trajectory of the international nuclear industry.
Source : ESI Africa: Data into nuclear energy: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023 https://www.esi-africa.com/reports/data-into-nuclear-energy-world-nuclear-industry-status-report-2023

11 December 2023

This extensive report offers an overview of crucial data about nuclear power plants, encompassing operational status, production figures, fleet longevity and ongoing construction initiatives.

The WNISR2023 delves into evaluating both existing and potential newcomer nuclear countries’ new build programmes, along with a dedicated scrutiny of the advancement in Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development

A pivotal segment within the report, the Nuclear Power Economics and Finance chapter, unpacks how mounting competitive pressures continue to compel the nuclear sector to increasingly lean on state support for sustenance.

Furthermore, the WNISR2023 features detailed chapters examining the multifaceted landscape of US nuclear policy, inclusive of its various new subsidy mechanisms. It also casts an analytical eye on the challenges faced by the faltering South African nuclear programme amid an electricity crisis.

The report meticulously dissects the history of Germany’s phased-out nuclear fleet, culminating in the closure of its last three reactors in April 2023. Additionally, it scrutinises France’s tumultous year in nuclear performance, unveiling the difficulties experienced by the neighbouring nation.

This industry report includes the Status of Fukushima and nuclear power vs. renewables

Offering a closer inspection, the WNISR2023 examines the state of the Russian nuclear industry, highlighting the intricate implications of international interdependencies with nuclear players across the globe. A dedicated focus on the UK navigates the operational challenges, ongoing decommissioning efforts, construction endeavours, and prospects within the nation’s nuclear sphere.

The Fukushima Status Report encapsulates the persisting challenges, both onsite and offsite, stemming from the 2011 disaster. It also sheds light on the evolving legal landscape concerning citizens’ health and compensation claims. The Decommissioning Status Report also covers over 210 closed nuclear power reactors, representing nearly a third of all globally operational units at some point.

A comparative overview in the chapter titled Nuclear Power vs. Renewable Energy Deployment accentuates the widening gap between the developmental trajectories of these two pivotal electricity-generating technologies.

The comprehensive report draws on the expertise of seven interdisciplinary experts from renowned institutions across Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the UK.

These experts hail from prestigious think tanks such as London’s Chatham House and esteemed academic institutions like Nagasaki University, the University of British Columbia, the Technical University of Berlin, and the University of Johannesburg. Additionally, the report benefited from the contributions of a data engineer, several proofreaders, and two artistic designers.

Stephanie Cooke, an Opinion Writer for Energy Intelligence and former Editor of Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, provides the foreword, lending her seasoned perspective to this exhaustive analysis of the global nuclear landscape.