Nuclear Power Growth Threatened by Shortage of Engineers

8 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Nuclear Power Growth Threatened by Shortage of Engineers</h1><p>June 8, 2007 (LPAC)--Almost three decades of environmentalism has not only caused most of the developed countries to have a shortage of electrical power, but there may not be enough skilled engineers around to cope with the necessity of a nuclear resurgence, said the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Director-General Luis Echavarri, while addressing the Reuters Global Energy Summit in London on June 5. "It's an important issue that we have to give a lot of attention to, but I think it's feasible," Echevarri added.</p><p>Separately, a new survey by energy technology company Doosan Babcock has revealed that 87% of the UK's leading energy experts believe that country is facing a "serious" skills shortage that will impact on the implementation of the UKs planned nuclear program.</p><p>In the United States, the nuclear energy industry, like many other segments of America's industrial infrastructure, faces a critical shortage of workers over the next five years, according to Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) surveys conducted in 2004 and 2005.</p></div></body>