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Conference on Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: The Outlook for Development 2017



As part of the ESI-CIL Nuclear Governance Project, ESI and CIL organised a conference titled “Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: The Outlook for Development” on 8 November 2017 in Singapore at the Jen Tanglin Hotel. The first public event held under the ESI-CIL Nuclear Governance Project Conference Series addressed the prospects of SMR technology in the commercial nuclear reactor market, especially in relation to developing countries with smaller-sized grids; countries with distributed grids (e.g. archipelagic states); and more established nuclear power countries experiencing stagnant electricity demand. International experts Dr Hadid Subki and Mr Frederik Reitsma from the IAEA; Mr Robert Armour from Gowling WLG; and Dr Peter Bird from Rothschild Global Advisory covered a range of relevant issues: The advances in SMR design and technology development, including for non-power related applications, such as, to generate heat or for water desalination; advantages and drawbacks of SMR projects; how to finance them and their legal and regulatory requirements. The half-day event was well attended with more than 60 participants coming from government, academia and the business sector. 

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