Site Selection Studies

Part of the planning process is site selection. Site selection must consider both technical aspects and political aspects of the proposed site.

International Guidelines used in Site Selection include:

  • Site Survey for Nuclear Power Plants IAEA Safety Series No. 50-SG-S9 (1984)
  • Site Evaluation for Nuclear Installations Safety Requirements IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-R-3 (2003)
  • External Human Induced Events in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.1 (2002)
  • Dispersion of Radioactive Material in Air and Water and Consideration of Population Distribution in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.2 (2002)
  • Evaluation of Seismic Hazards for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.3 (2003)
  • Meteorological Events in Site Evaluation for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.4 (2003)
  • Flood Hazard for Nuclear Power Plants on Coastal and River Sites Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.5 (2004)
  • Geotechnical Aspects of Site Evaluation and Foundations for Nuclear Power Plants Safety Guide IAEA Safety Standards Series No. NS-G-3.6 (2005)

Considerations in Site Selection

Technical and commercial feasibility

  • Geology
  • Cooling
  • Grid
  • Logistics
  • Nuclear-specific

Political, socioeconomic and environmental feasibility

  • Land use
  • Political
  • Socioeconomic
  • Environmental