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43 more nations plan to have nuclear power plants: Association

Forty-three more nations, including some emerging countries are currently planning to launch nuclear power programs in addition to the 31 economies that already have atomic power plants a recent report by the London-based World Nuclear Association has suggested.

world Updated: May 24, 2009 14:09 IST
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Forty-three more nations, including some emerging countries are currently planning to launch nuclear power programs in addition to the 31 economies that already have atomic power plants a recent report by the London-based World Nuclear Association has suggested.

In recent times nuclear power has drawn attention as it does not contribute to global warming while also reducing dependence on crude oil and natural gas, the group said.

But such proliferation of nuclear power generation could pose challenges in establishing monitoring mechanisms, management of spent nuclear fuel, and nuclear non-proliferation, the group warned.
According to the association countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa are mooting the idea for nuclear power generation in future.

Indonesia, for instance, is planning to start construction of a plant in 2010 and Thailand will follow suit in 2014. The United Arab Emirates is aiming to start operating a plant by 2020, the report said.

Nuclear power accounts for around 16 per cent of global power generation since the 1980s and the association projects that the power generation will grow between 1.14 billion and 3.