Still studying nuke option

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

– Bernama- THE government will only make a final decision on nuclear power after studying the findings of the Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development Plan scheduled for completion in 2013.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said the ministry would also conduct a study on the country’s readiness and ability to go nuclear with the cooperation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and related agencies.

“Among aspects to be looked into include human resource development, legal and regulatory matters, identifying locations, and technological and industrial development,” he said in response to Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar at the Dewan Negara yesterday.
Human resources development includes producing nuclear scientists and technologists, he added.

“We have the human resource capacity but the number and capacity must be increased to support the implementation of the nuclear power development programme.”

Chin also said a study commissioned to identify suitable locations for nuclear reactors would take into account population density, environment, hydrology, seismic structure, tectonic conditions and geomography.
“If the government goes ahead with the nuclear option, safety will be its main feature with all international regulations and standards adopted and strictly observed.”

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