Nuclear Energy One Of Ten EPPs, Says Idris

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Energy |

(Bernama) — The proposal to use nuclear energy is included as one of the ten Entry Point Projects (EPPs) under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, said the government included this because the country relied heavily on fossil fuels.

“As we move forward, we have to look into different renewable energy like biomass and biogas,” he told reporters after the launch of the ETP: A Roadmap for Malaysia by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here Monday.

Idris said there was a need for an in-depth deliberation on safety in the use of nuclear energy.

“The government is already in discussions with other countries that have gone through this path. Learn the lesson from other country and at the same engage and discuss with states where the the plant is likely to be sited.

“We are not going to start digging now and there should not be a short cut in establishing the nuclear power as renewable energy,” he said.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui had recently said the government has approved the construction of a nuclear power plant which was expected to start operation by 2021 to meet the country’s power demand in the future.

Chin said that using nuclear to generate power was inevitable as the use of coal and gas to generate power could no longer meet the country’s energy demand, given that the resources were depleting.

“There is also limited land where dams could be built for the operations of hydro power plants,” he said.

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