Nuclear energy planning should start now, not later.

Posted on June 20, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

-Bernama- MIRI: The country should plan to have nuclear-generated energy now, rather than later, as it would take a long time for such facilities to be developed, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said.

He said there were several procedures which needed to be followed, including compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency requirements on the development of nuclear-driven energy plants.

“At the same time, as our population grows, its needs and energy demands would also grow. As a minister responsible, I feel this option (nuclear power plant) must be taken into planning,” he told reporters here Satursday.

He said this when asked whether nuclear energy would be among alternatives explored by a laboratory set up under the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) for the oil, gas and energy sector.

“The lab also explored the potential of other renewable energy, like solar, biomass and hydroelectric power,” added Chin, who is also joint-chairman of the NKEA oil, gas and energy sector, together with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the laboratory would present its report by August this year. – Bernama

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