REFILE-Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

jueves 18 de septiembre de 2014 11:45 GYT

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* Manufacturers look to developing markets to fill order books

* Nations want cleaner energy to power growth

* New technology, safety features add to investment costs

By Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs.

Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power.

"It's not so much growth in the developed countries but we're seeing a lot of other countries that are wanting to develop nuclear. We're finding money in places we didn't even know existed," Danny Roderick, chief executive of Toshiba-owned nuclear reactor maker Westinghouse, told Reuters at a nuclear industry conference last week in London.

Rival reactor designer GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy , a joint venture between the U.S. and Japanese companies, said it has held meetings with officials from India, Mexico and Vietnam, among others.   Continuación...