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Nuke energy policy draft soon

By Friday June 5th, 2009 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA: A policy on alternative energy focusing on long-term options for energy sources, including the use of nuclear energy, is at the final draft stage.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said his ministry, together with the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry were involved in the draft expected to be completed within a month.

“The proposed policy will focus on the long-term options on energy sources, including nuclear energy.

“The paper is expected to be completed for the Cabinet’s consideration within the next one month,” he said yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said from South Korea recently that Malaysia would be looking at green technology and development of small nuclear reactors for industrial and daily use.

Najib had said a small-scale nuclear reactor, generating between 200,000kW and 300,000kW of power, cost only one third of a coal-powered station.

He said such reactors were safe and could be set up near a municipality.

Dr Ongkili and Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui are expected to visit South Korea soon to look at various green technologies available.

Source : The Star

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