Award for nuclear plant as early as 2014

26 Oct

If the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) is to be followed to a tee, the contract for Malaysia’s first-ever nuclear power plant will be awarded as early as 2014.

 

malaysia and nuclear reactor and technologyThis is in order to ensure that the twin unit power plant begins operations in 2021.
According to the ETP timeline, which is “still under development”, all studies will be completed by the end of next year, while planning will be concluded by the start of 2013.
However, procurement work will start midway into 2012, while construction in earnest will begin in 2017.
The project is expected to cost RM21.3 billion of investment up to 2020, although it is unclear if the government will foot the whole bill.
Interestingly, the plan, which details out timelines for project work including site safety analysis and developing regulation, does not state the duration allocated for public engagement and acceptance.
This is despite stating it as the first step in “four critical path items (which) must be addressed with highest priority”.
The four critical path items are:
  • Public acceptance of the project
  • Ratification of relevant international treaties
  • Developing correct regulatory framework
  • Approvals for plan sites, including from local populace.
The Nuclear Power Development Steering Committee, headed by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, was set up in July 2009 and has been mandated to plan and coordinate the project.
NONEThe committee is tasked to conduct studies to aid the preparation of an infrastructure plan, expected to be ready by 2013. 

According to the ETP roadmap, site selection study and pre-feasibility study are also expected to be completed by then.

The nuclear project will be spearheaded by national energy giant TNB, which had recently expressed that it is ready to do so. 

More big hydro for Sarawak?

azlanCommenting on this at the ETP roadmap launch yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala said that nuclear is only one of several renewable energy sources explored.
“Discussions will take place (about nuclear). There will be no shortcuts, safety is paramount,” he said.
Among the other sources of renewable energy noted in the roadmap are five more hydroelectric dams, like Bakun, in Sarawak.
While hydroelectric power is touted as green energy by some, environmentalists refute this claim due to the severe damage that big hydroelectric dams cause to the eco-system.
The Bakun hydroelectric dam, for example, has caused tremendous loss of rainforest, while badly planned relocation efforts of about 10,000 indigenous people have left problems still unresolved.
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6 Responses to “Award for nuclear plant as early as 2014”

  1. Nurul Najiah binti Hashim October 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Great! 🙂

    nurul najiah hashim
    me083972
    nurul.najiah@yahoo.com

  2. Kah Hoo October 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    If the ETP is followed through as you stated in the post, then this is certainly some great news! Hopefully there won’t be any delays in this as nuclear generators should be implemented as soon as possible in my opinion.

    NG KAH HOO
    nakahee_90@yahoo.com

  3. Izzatun Nadia October 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    why does everbody compare fossil fuel with nuclear fuel? both doesnt have any similarity at all. Can nuclear energy be used for transportation? even other country who develop the npp doesnt have the technology to build a tranport that use the nuclear fuel as energy. i didnt say that i reject NPP,but when i think about it,npp only source electricity and nothing more. How about our hydroelectric dam? it still can produce electricity and no negative impact.

  4. Izzatun Nadia October 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    why does everbody compare fossil fuel with nuclear fuel? both doesnt have any similarity at all. Can nuclear energy be used for transportation? even other country who develop the npp doesnt have the technology to build a tranport that use the nuclear fuel as energy. i didnt say that i reject NPP,but when i think about it,npp only source electricity and nothing more. How about our hydroelectric dam? it still can produce electricity and no negative impact.

    Izzatun Nadia
    ME086266

    • Nuclear Powering Vision 2020 October 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

      We always compare fossil fuel with nuclear because fossil fuel is resources is getting lesser and lesser by time and its estimated it will last for another 30 years plus. Nuclear power can be used in transportation but it goes back with public acceptance, as for now submarines use nuclear as its fuel . Plus another by product of nuclear hydrogen could be used in future technology cars , here you can see the other advantage of nuclear. Its true hydroelectric never produce CO2 but your destroying a big area of forest as what you can see in bakun and even kenyir… ……….

  5. Henry Wong October 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Good to hear that the nuclear program is going forward, and the figure 2014 as the installation date is brilliant. The fossil fuel is running low now as I believe and the current power generation employed by the government, coal burning isn’t helping the environment. Hydro power does a lot of damages to the environment (forests).
    Nuclear power is drive forward, technology wise. Even in transportation, carmakers like BMW, Lotus and Cadillac are already on their way with their nuclear hydrogen automobiles. Its reported that Cadillac’s nuclear powered-prototype WTF life span without maintenance is 100 years. Malaysia must surge forward with the nuclear program as many other developing countries are positive with nuclear power.

    -Wong Chee Meng-
    -ME082755-
    -tidus_henry21@yahoo.com

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