The decommissioning boom: ECL Global
Leading energy staffing provider, ECL Global, breaks down the European Decommissioning industry and what the future looks like for this sector in the forthcoming years...
The number of Decontamination and Decommissioning projects in Europe is estimated to rise 8% per annum over the next 10 years, which is widely due to the large number of plants/projects reaching 'end of life span' stage and the decrease in profits following on from this.
The nuclear industry has experienced much strain in various regions over the last 10 years and this is leading to the decommissioning of many operational projects. Despite there being a resume of investment in areas such as France and the UK (and more specifically, the go-ahead of Hinkley Point), there are some regions that have completely abandoned the nuclear industry as a power generator.
Germany, in particular, has conducted a phase-out of nuclear and has, in fact, become an opposing country to the nuclear sector. Up until 2011, 1 quarter of Germany's total power was generated from nuclear plants, but this has since dropped significantly, as the German government has rolled out its decommissioning of nuclear projects.
National policy shifts and the pressures of stretched power prices has caused the decommissioning of many nuclear plants to be accelerated. So much, in fact, that decommissioning is expected to rise from 76 in 2015 to around 110 in 2020. And according to analysts, projects that will be most at risk will be the smaller nuclear facilities.
After the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, the EU launched The Nuclear Decommissioning Assistance Programmes (NDAP) which offers support to the nuclear industries that are looking to decommission any of their projects. Today, this program continues to assist in the decommissioning of European nuclear projects and contributes significantly to the decommissioning figures we see today.
Total DECOM is the leading yearly exhibition held specifically for the Decommissioning industry. The event not only acts as a showcase for the industry's latest technologies, but a temple of discussion for industry leaders, from the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Defence and Waste Management industries.
As an exhibitor at this year's Total Decom, ECL Global are keen to see what this year's exhibition has in store for the industry.
**We are very excited to be a part of Total DECOM and it is certainly true that the decommissioning industry is an area that is seeing significant skills shortages. ECL Global are looking to position themselves at the forefront of this burgeoning sector**
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