Authored By: Sarah
11 Jul 2024

 Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market in Europe to grow by USD 1841.58 million between 2024-2028

According to a research report “ Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market in Europe” by Application (Research reactors, Power reactors) Type (PWR, BWR, Others) Geography (Europe)- Global Forecast to 2028 published by Technavio, the market size is estimated to grow by USD 1841.58 million at a CAGR of  5.7% during the forecast period. In the European nuclear energy sector, the decommissioning of aging nuclear power plants is a significant business area. With licenses typically lasting 40 years, renewable for another 20, decommissioning becomes necessary upon expiration. Stringent safety regulations govern this process, mandating upgrades to seismic instrumentation, risk assessments, structural reinforcements, and backup cooling water and mobile generator availability. These measures ensure the safe and efficient decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Europe..

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By Application, the Research reactors segment is projected to dominate the market size in 2024.

In the European nuclear decommissioning services market, Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) plants employ intricate cooling systems to ensure safe and efficient energy production. These systems consist of primary and secondary coolant circuits. The primary circuit, responsible for cooling the reactor core, operates under high pressures to prevent water from boiling. Energy generated from nuclear fission is transferred to the water via fuel rods, resulting in its heating. Subsequently, the heated water moves to steam generators, acting as interfaces between the primary and secondary cooling systems.

By Type, PWR  segment is expected to hold the largest market size for the year 2024.

The nuclear decommissioning services market in Europe is experiencing significant growth due to the impending retirement of high-capacity reactors, primarily in Germany. With the closure of eight nuclear power plants, the demand for decommissioning services is set to increase substantially. European countries, heavily reliant on nuclear power for their energy mix, must address the decommissioning process to ensure a seamless transition to alternative energy sources. Key reactor types include Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR), Boiling Water Reactors (BWR), Light Water Graphite Reactors (LWGR), and VVERs.

Europe is forecasted to hold the largest market size by region in 2024.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), a leading UK government organization, oversees the country's nuclear decommissioning sector. With an annual budget exceeding USD2.32 billion, the NDA manages a significant portion of this towards its supply chain, engaging approximately 3,000 direct suppliers. Committed to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the NDA allocates one-third of its budget to this sector, contributing significantly to the European nuclear decommissioning services market. Key facilities under the NDA's purview include civil nuclear reactors, fuel processing plants, storage sites, and research facilities, previously managed by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. (BNFL) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

The Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market in Europe t growth and forecasting report also includes detailed analyses of the competitive landscape of the market growth and forecasting and information about 20 market companies, including:

  • Ansaldo Energia Spa
  • Babcock International Group Plc
  • Bechtel Corp.
  • Electricite de France SA
  • GD Energy Services Ltd.
  • GE Hitachi Energy
  • Jacobs Solutions Inc.
  • Jadrova a vyradovacia spolocnost AS
  • Orano
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • SNC Lavalin Group Inc.
  • Studsvik AB
  • Veolia Environnement SA
  • Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC

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Research Analysis Overview

The Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market in Europe is a significant sector, focusing on the dismantling of nuclear installations, including gas-cooled reactors and water-cooled reactors, upon reaching their operational life. Decommissioning methods encompass both immediate and deferred dismantling, depending on safety concerns and public acceptance. Mishappenings, such as nuclear accidents, necessitate immediate decommissioning. Decontamination processes are crucial in managing radioactive materials and nuclear fuel during decommissioning. Nuclear decommissioning services aim to minimize the environmental impact, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preserving the ozone layer. The European market for nuclear decommissioning services is expanding, driven by the need to address aging nuclear power plants and facilities. Reactor lifespan, safety concerns, and public perception are critical factors influencing the market's growth. Nuclear energy, as a source of power, continues to be a topic of debate, with renewable sources gaining popularity. In conclusion, the Nuclear Decommissioning Services Market in Europe plays a vital role in ensuring the safe and efficient dismantling of nuclear installations, while minimizing environmental impact and addressing public concerns.

Market Research Overview

In the European energy landscape, nuclear decommissioning services have gained significant importance amidst the global energy crisis and the pressing need for environmental protection. The market for these services encompasses various aspects, including the entombment strategy for spent fuel casks in gas-cooled and water-cooled reactors, decommissioning methods for older nuclear facilities, and the disposal of radioactive waste from nuclear power reactors. Industry operators are seeking regulatory approval and public acceptance for these projects, which involve monitoring, maintenance, construction, and site restoration. Safety concerns and economic viability are crucial factors in the operational lifespans of nuclear installations. Specialized services for nuclear safety, radiation protection, and decontamination are essential in ensuring the safe disposal of structures and radioactive materials. The post-nuclear era calls for advanced technologies and regulatory guidelines for environmental management and nuclear physics. Technicians, scientists, and engineers play pivotal roles in the restoration, demolition, and physical dismantling processes. Nuclear decommissioning services are also applicable to research reactors and other nuclear facilities.


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