Nuclear energy is a low carbon source of energy contrary to energy produced from fossil fuel, namely oil and gas. Nuclear energy is the only non intermittent low carbon source of energy the world has available now except for hydro energy. For developed countries, energy produced by nuclear power plants represents a chance to lower their emissions and respect their commitments. For developing countries, nuclear energy represents the chance to grow their local economy in a sustainable way and to lower creation of and exposition to green house gases, notably in domestic settings. Nuclear energy production is part of the effort to fight against global warming.
Like any power plant, nuclear power plants are strategic assets and are protected as such. Because of the nature of nuclear energy, it is even more necessary to keep safety at the center of every step of the life-cycle of a nuclear power plant, be it the construction, the operation and maintenance, or the life extension and waste management. But the culture of safety does not only involve the physical safety of the people working on site or the physical protection of the power plant, it also covers nowadays cyber security.
Nuclear power plants, like any other center of activities, have hugely benefited from the technological advances in digital communications. But they are also as a consequence susceptible to cyber attacks. And unlike other centers of activities, a cyber attack against a power plant, nuclear or not, could have very serious consequences. As a result, nuclear cyber security jobs have become much in demand.
A nuclear project – the development of a nuclear power plant from the planning stages to the end of its life – typically spans over 100 years, from designing to licensing, building and operating, to life extension, refurbishments and waste management.
Nuclear power plants projects are present now all over the world and represent a very global industry indeed. Nuclear industry is experiencing a continuous growth in Asia and the Middle East as well as renewed one in Canada, Finland and UK. The need for skills and know-how transfer is tremendous and in some cases urgent.
For professionals from mature markets that have slowed down like the US and some countries of Western Europe, this represents an opportunity to work abroad and encourage a mobility of skills and know how.
Thomas Thor connects you with exciting opportunities on nuclear projects all over the world!