The potential development of any nuclear power programme should include a rigorous justification process reviewing the substantial regulatory, economic and technical information necessary for implementation, given the long term commitments involved in any new nuclear power project. Infrastructure and methodologies for the justification of nuclear power programmes reviews the fundamental issues and approaches to nuclear power justification in countries considering nuclear new build or redevelopment.

Part one covers the infrastructure requirements for any new nuclear power programme, with chapters detailing the role and responsibilities of government, regulatory bodies and nuclear operator and the need for human resources and technical capability at the national level. Part two focuses on issues relevant to the justification process, including nuclear safety, radiation protection and emergency planning. Current designs and advanced reactors and radioactive waste management are also considered, along with the economic, social and environmental impacts of nuclear power development. Part three reviews the development of nuclear power programme, from nuclear power plant site selection and licensing, through construction and operation, and on to decommissioning. Finally, a series of valuable appendices detail the UK experience of justification, nuclear safety culture and training, and the multinational design evaluation programme (MDEP).

With its distinguished editor and expert team of contributors, Infrastructure and methodologies for the justification of nuclear power programmes is an essential reference for international and national stakeholders in this field, particularly governmental, non-governmental and regulatory bodies, nuclear power operators and consultants.

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the infrastructure and methodologies required to justify the creation of nuclear power programmes in any country
  • Provides coverage of the main issues and potential benefit linked to nuclear power
  • Reviews the implementation of a nuclear power programme with particular reference to the requirements and methods involved in construction


New entrants into nuclear technology and those countries wishing to renovate their nuclear fleets after a long moratorium in the construction of nuclear power plants.

Table of Contents

Overview of infrastructure and methodologies for the justification of nuclear power programmes. Part 1 Infrastructure of nuclear power programmes: The lifecycle of a nuclear power plant; The role of government in establishing the framework for nuclear power programmes; Regulatory requirements and practices in nuclear power programmes; Responsibilities of the nuclear operator in nuclear power programmes; The need for human resources in nuclear power programmes; National technical capability development in nuclear power programmes. Part 2 Justification of nuclear power programmes: Application of the justification principle to nuclear power development; Available and advanced nuclear technologies for nuclear power programmes; Nuclear safety in nuclear power programmes; Radiation protection in nuclear power programmes; Emergency planning in nuclear power programmes; Non-proliferation safeguards in nuclear power programmes; Spent fuel and radioactive waste management in nuclear power programmes; The economics of nuclear power: Past, present and future aspects; Social impacts and public perception of nuclear power; Environmental impacts and assessment in nuclear power programmes. Part 3 Development of nuclear power programmes: Site selection and evaluation for nuclear power plants; Bid invitation in nuclear power plant procurement; Licensing for nuclear power plant siting, construction and operation; Quality assurance during design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants; Commissioning of nuclear power plants (NNPs); Operational safety of nuclear power plants; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants (NPPs).


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About the editor

Agustin Alonso

Agustín Alonso is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Nuclear Technology at Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain, and serves on the IAEA’s International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group (INSAG).

Affiliations and Expertise

Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain


This book provides guidance on the principles on which appropriate radiation protection can be based., Materials World
Readers from nuclear power industries would find the analysis of the environmental impacts of nuclear installations interesting., Materials World