Last April, the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) published a “Pre-Feasibility Study on the Establishment of Nuclear Power Plant in ASEAN.” The report was prepared by ACE with the support of the government of Canada under the Nuclear and Radiological Program Administrative Support (NPRAS) program. This study may be the first official report produced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent years to provide a comprehensive account of the state of play of civilian nuclear power development in the region in the mid- to long-term period. Previous accounts of civilian nuclear power development in ASEAN were published as research reports or articles by think tanks and academics. The new report highlights three interesting developments. First, half of the 10 ASEAN member states — Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines — have been identified as frontrunners to establish civilian nuclear power programs in the region. These five states are considered frontrunners due to their more advanced legal and regulatory frameworks, nuclear energy infrastructures, and developed organization and human resources. These criteria are among the 19 nuclear infrastructure issues that are outlined in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Milestones Approach to nuclear infrastructure development.
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