The Country Nuclear Power Profiles compile background information on the status and development of nuclear power programmes in Member States. The CNPP's main objectives are to consolidate information about the nuclear power infrastructures in participating countries, and to present factors related to the effective planning, decision making and implementation of nuclear power programmes that together lead to safe and economical operations of nuclear power plants.

The CNPP summarizes organizational and industrial aspects of nuclear power programs and provides information about the relevant legislative, regulatory, and international framework in each country. Its descriptive and statistical overview of the overall economic, energy, and electricity situation in each country and its nuclear power framework is intended to serve as an integrated source of key background information about nuclear power programs in the world. Topics such as reactor safety, nuclear fuel cycle, radioactive waste management and research programmes are for the most part not discussed in detail. Statistical data about nuclear plant operations, population, energy and electricity use are drawn from the PRIS, EEDB, World Development Indicators (WDI) of the World Bank and the national contributions.

This publication is updated and the scope of coverage expanded annually. This is the 2012 edition, issued on CD-ROM and Web pages. It contains updated country information for 51 countries. The CNPP is updated based on information voluntarily provided by participating IAEA Member States. Participants include the 29 countries that have operating nuclear power plants, as well as 22 countries with past or planned nuclear power. Each of the 51 profiles in this publication is self-standing, and contains information officially provided by the respective national authorities.

For the 2012 edition, 20 countries provided updated or new profiles. These are Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam. For the other countries, the IAEA has updated the profile statistical tables on nuclear power, energy development, and economic indicators, based on information from IAEA and World Bank databases.

The new interface has been developed and applied for the 2012 edition, with a unique graphical tool for CNPP report selection. Every report can be displayed with the complete text or with tables only. A new approach has also been developed for the table ’Status and performance of nuclear power plants’ (Table 7 in the CNPP structure). This table is completely regenerated for the publication using Power Reactor Information (PRIS) data.

The IAEA officer responsible for the overall coordination and preparation of this publication was Jiri Mandula of the Division of Nuclear Power. The IAEA acknowledges the work of Hannah Murphy in the preparation of the new CNPP edition.

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Structure and Requirements

The CNPP report has a standard outline which was revised in 2009 to include additional information related to nuclear power development. The CNPP Structure and Requirements document provides also guidelines for the national contributors.


This publication has been prepared from the original CNPP reports as submitted by the particular Member States. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the IAEA, the governments of the nominating Member States or the nominating organizations. Throughout the text names of Member States are retained as they were when the text was compiled. The use of particular designations of countries or territories does not imply any judgement by the publisher, the IAEA, as to the legal status of such countries or territories, of their authorities and institutions or of the delimitation of their boundaries. The mention of names of specific companies or products (whether or not indicated as registered) does not imply any intention to infringe proprietary rights, nor should it be construed as an endorsement or recommendation on the part of the IAEA.

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