Japan’s nuclear construction industry – Report of the UK study tour March 2011

Published 01st March 2011 by Constructing Excellence, The Nuclear Industry Association

The UK is at the forefront of the global nuclear renaissance, with plans for up to 16 GW of new nuclear reactors by 2025. Civil engineering construction activities will form a major part of this newbuild programme, ranging from construction management and design through to the creation of supporting infrastructure.

Construction Excellence and the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) were able to facilitate access to leading players across the nuclear, construction and wider industry supply chain of the highly successful Japanese nuclear construction industry. This not only enabled the study tour delegation to view and discuss at first hand best practice in design and construction, but has established contacts that could be very helpful in the future. As such we hope that this study tour will set a useful reference and benchmark ahead of the UK nuclear newbuild programme.

This report does not seek to learn any lessons which emerged subsequently as a result of the Fukushima nuclear accident caused by the tsunami of March 11, that is for other experts to do.