Lightbridge operates to the philosophy that the requirements for a nuclear program are specific to each nation and that while the arrangements should take full account of IAEA guidance, the means of program implementation will reflect local values, cultures and needs. Lightbridge therefore has a network of truly independent, internationally recognized experts who understand international needs and can reflect these in their advice to each nation.

Countries embarking on new civil nuclear power programs

In our experience, nuclear projects succeed or fail in the first five years, which underscores the importance of thorough program planning. Our primary services for the initial phase (prior to NPP contract award) include these activities:

Deciding to proceed with a nuclear power program

  • Economic analysis with least-cost energy model of nuclear and alternatives
  • Site suitability study: identification and ranking of potential sites

Program Planning

  • Program strategy development
  • National nuclear power program deployment workplan, schedule, and risk analysis
  • Resource requirements, sourcing, and development plan

Policy Advice

  • National nuclear policy development support
  • US 123 Agreement advice and support

Procuring Nuclear Power Plants

  • Develop commercial strategy
  • Supplier assessment
  • Prepare technical bid specifications
  • Support NPP procurement negotiations

Regulatory Development and International Obligations

  • Develop or amend the nuclear law and regulatory framework
  • Nuclear safety training
  • Develop management systems, processes and procedures
  • Develop regulations, guidance documents
  • Assistance with international obligations reporting and management

Public Communications

  • Prepare communications strategy and material to boost public support


Nuclear Power Plant Utilities

Procuring Nuclear Power Plants

  • Commercial strategy
  • Technical and commercial bid specifications
  • Bid evaluation

Fuel Supply

  • Fuel procurement strategy
  • Technical and commercial bid specifications
  • Bid evaluation
  • Spent fuel management plan

Corporate & Program Management

  • Strategy development and communications
  • Business plans
  • NPP Operations & Maintenance Management
  • Project plans and critical path analysis
  • Risk management
  • Contract management
  • Knowledge management

Technical Support

  • Nuclear technology design review
  • Nuclear Power Plant licensing support
  • Vendor oversight and quality assurance
  • Decommissioning planning
  • Independent regulatory and safety review


Nuclear Regulatory Bodies and Utilities

Regulatory Organization Development

  • Regulations and guidance documents
    • Organizational structure, budgeting, finance
    • Integrated Management systems
  • Human Resource requirements, recruiting, and development
  • Training and education


  • Licensing strategy/approach
  • Processes, procedures, and work plans
  • License application assessments
  • Management of licensing activities


  • Inspection procedures, guidance and instructions
  • Vendor management systems
  • Vendor manufacturing, construction, operations
  • Facility construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, radiation protection, security, safeguards

International Obligations

  • International agreements and conventions implementation

Emergency Preparedness & Response

  • Policy development
  • Emergency response plans and programs
  • Emergency preparedness & response training
  • Planning and implementing exercises

Security and Safeguards

  • Legislation requirements
  • Regulation documents
  • Accounting Program