Australia’s existing nuclear capabilities will help make the submarine project a success.

The Australian Nuclear Association Inc (ANA) welcomes the decision announced today for Australia to acquire a nuclear-powered submarine fleet. It is a decision based on the merits of nuclear power for submarine propulsion.

Australia has over 60 years’ experience across the nuclear fuel cycle including uranium mining, nuclear reactor operations (OPAL, MOATA and HIFAR) and medical radioisotope production.  This experience, along with our excellent credentials in nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear security and nuclear safety, will provide a strong basis for Australian nuclear-powered submarine capability.

In addition, operating nuclear-power submarines will enhance our local manufacturing and R&D capability in support of Australia’s overall drive to expand STEM education and research.

ANA President, Dr Joanne Lackenby says “Australia already operates and manages sophisticated nuclear technologies and has considerable expertise in this field. Today’s announcement will facilitate an expansion of this nuclear expertise and enhance Australia’s STEM sector.”

About the Australian Nuclear Association Inc: The ANA is an independent, scientific, not-for-profit institution. Our members either work/have worked in nuclear science and technology or have an interest in nuclear topics, e.g., as a solution to climate change. Funding of the ANA is via our members and as a result of any profit made from our biennial conference.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 16 September 2021
Dr John Harries, ANA Secretary
Australian Nuclear Association Inc (ANA)
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