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Welcome to the second edition of Reed Smith’s Global Construction Update, a biannual newsletter looking at key issues affecting construction and engineering projects across the globe. This edition focuses on nuclear power projects.
Power generators in a field

In light of the ever-growing consensus around the climate emergency and the tense global situation surrounding Russia’s war with Ukraine, the interest in nuclear power as an alternative energy solution is certainly strong. According to the World Nuclear Association, around 100 nuclear power reactors with a total gross capacity of about 100,000 MWe are either on order or planned, and over 300 more are proposed, with most of these in Asia. Further, the International Atomic Energy Association has projected that nuclear energy could contribute up to 12 percent of global electricity by 2050.

In this edition:

  • Liam Hart (London) considers how to negotiate the standard form New Engineering Contract when used for nuclear power projects.
  • James Willn and Finlay Donaldson (Dubai) explore the defining and unique characteristics of disputes involving nuclear power plants, including security and sanctions perspectives.
  • Our Paris Construction team explores important legislative developments in France around nuclear energy.
  • Christopher Edwards (Dubai) interviews Liam Hart (London) on his nuclear power plant disputes practice and what’s keeping his clients up at night.

Is there a topic or theme that you would like to see covered in future editions of this update? Please let us know.

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