Nuclear neighbours ready for major Asian expansion
A nuclear power industry group says many Asian countries are planning to proceed with plans for new nuclear plants.
The fourth annual Nuclear Power Asia conference is returning to Kuala Lumpur in January, where industry leaders will discuss "opportunities for growth" in the Asia region.
The conference is backed by the World Nuclear Association.
Programme manager Daria La Valle says the Asian nuclear industry is well poised for major growth.
"According to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report, there are 41 reactors under construction across Asia.
"Over the next decade there are 98 reactors planned, with a further 221 proposed," she says.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster after the Japan earthquake in 2011 put the industry through "unprecedented challenges" but many Asian countries are planning to build new plants, Ms La Valle says.
"For Malaysia, in particular, the upcoming elections will have a major impact on the decision whether the country will go ahead with their nuclear power programme.
"This will definitely have an impact on other countries in the region such as Indonesia, where nuclear power could play a significant role in relieving the thirst for energy."
Nuclear Power Asia says its conference aims to facilitate a platform for industry people to "discuss the challenges and opportunities that countries looking at establishing a nuclear power programme are facing".