M'sia Requires Two Nuclear Reactors To Generate Electricity

Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=213069

August 09, 2006 19:40 PM

M’sia Requires Two Nuclear Reactors To Generate Electricity

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) – Malaysia has no other alternative but to use nuclear power to generate electricity to cater for its rapid development, according to the Malaysian Nuclear Licensing Board.

Its Chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Noramly Muslim said Malaysia needed at least two nuclear reactors as an alternative to fossil fuel in efforts to generate electric power.

He said fossil reserves such as petroleum and coal used by power generating plants in future were depleting and as such nuclear fuel was needed as an alternative to generate electric power.

Malaysia was planning to use nuclear power to generate electricity after the year 2020 but it could be implemented much sooner, he told reporters after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Seminar at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi, near here Wednesday.

The one-day seminar, attended by 100 participants, was organised in remembrance of the atomic bomb explosion unleashed by the United States on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945 and on Nagasaki three days later which led to the Japanese surrender during the Second World War.

Noramly said Indonesia and Thailand would use nuclear power by the year 2016 and 2018.

He said Malaysia was still lagging behind in the programme to use nuclear power compared to its neighbouring countries but was on par with the western world and Japan in the use of nuclear technology in the fields of medicine and industry.

Meanwhile, UKM’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs) Prof Datuk Dr Sukiman Sarmani said Malaysia had the expertise and the scientists were now merely waiting for the “green light” from the government to begin the nuclear program.

“I don’t think Malaysia will face opposition from the international community. Our case is different from that of Iran’s. The uranium enriching process might also be done in other countries and we will import them,” he said.

– BERNAMA

Hope it is not the next Chernobyl disaster in the making. :smiley:

They never learn do they. And what’s with the Bakun one now?

He said Malaysia was still lagging behind in the programme to use nuclear power compared to its neighbouring countries but was on par with the western world and Japan in the use of nuclear technology in the fields of medicine and industry.

What does it have to do with medicine and why the ‘western’ comparison since that is what mahathir was voicing out strongly against being ‘influenced by’.

i though Malaysia is declare nuclear free zone? so why they trying to bring nuclear energy? malaysia have so many coast line to generate energy using wind and sunlight year long for solar power, why just use this. clean and renewable.