Government Studies Nuclear Energy As An Option For Electricity – PM

Posted on June 27, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

(Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government is still studying the need for nuclear energy as an option to generate electric power, by taking into consideration the instability of the nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake there recently.

The Prime Minister told the Dewan Rakyat, the government was also detailing the long-term and short-term plans taking into account various infrastructure aspects recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

For the short-term plan, the focus would be on the implementation of detailed studies by international consultants with experience in nuclear power generation projects, he said.

“The studies include the provision of Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development Plan (NPIDP) involving an evaluation of the country’s preparedness level in all the 19 aspects of infrastructure.

“Studies are also made on the provision of information on the various aspects of the usage of nuclear power by all the interested parties including an opinion poll on nuclear power.

“A detailed study to identify a suitable site for the nuclear power plant based on the selection criteria suggested by the IAEA and normally used in the developed countries is also carried out,” he said.

Najib said this in his written reply to Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan) who wanted to know whether the government would abort the plan to build the first nuclear power plant in Malaysia following the uncontrollable leakage at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, in March.

He said the long-term plan would be deduced based on the NPIDP including the development of a comprehensive national legislation and regulatory system on nuclear energy, the management by interested parties, compliance on the system of international nuclear governance and the development of human capital.

Following the accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, he said most countries with existing nuclear power plants would carry out a resilience test on all their plants.

“The relevant agencies in Malaysia would follow the outcome of the tests to be taken into account in the feasibility study of the nuclear power project in this country,” he added.

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