Free Safety Standards E-Learning Course Launched

October 11, 2020

PSA. Though it is for the nuclear (known in Dune as atomic) industry.

Dateline 2020-09-09, Malaysia Sun:

The IAEA has launched a new online learning course specific to the IAEA safety standards in order to provide interested stakeholders a better understanding of the basis of the safety standards, how they are developed and how they are used and applied in the peaceful uses of nuclear applications.

“The newly developed e-learning course, The IAEA Safety Standards Overview, provides an ideal introduction to the purpose and scope of the IAEA safety standards,” said Juan Carlos Lentijo, Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security of the IAEA, adding that “the course highlights the safety objective and the ten safety principles that form the basis of the safety standards. The course also explains the hierarchy and structure of the safety standards series.”


Malaysia won’t use nuclear power, says PM

April 5, 2020

I’m confused, which PM are they talking about?

Dateline 2020-02-10, NST:

Malaysia will not use nuclear power as a renewable energy source as the country’s knowledge in the field is inadequate, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said to date, the world has yet to find the best and safest way to dispose of radioactive waste generated.

“If you have a nuclear power plant, you will accumulate nuclear waste, which is radioactive, and until now they do not know how to reverse the process.


As 2020 comes a-knocking, whither Malaysia’s nuclear power plan?

March 2, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-03, Malay Mail:

Whatever happened to Malaysia’s plan to have our own nuclear plants by 2030?

As the year 2020 approaches, I for one cannot help but notice how this project has yet to see the light of day.

The plan was first introduced in 2012, and was led by the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) that was established a year prior.


Malaysian Government Cancels Plan For Nuclear Power Plant Construction

January 22, 2020

Recently?

Dateline 2019-11-22, Lowyat.net:

Over the years, it was planned for Malaysia to have its own nuclear power plant to cope with our country’s high energy consumption. Recently, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) has decided not to pursue nuclear energy in Malaysia.


Keep nuclear energy options open

January 2, 2020

Dateline 2019-10-21, The Sun:

AFTER the oil crisis since the 1970s; with the first oil shock triggered by the embargo by Opec in 1973-1974, increasing oil prices four-fold from US$3 to US$12 and the second oil shock prompted by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the 2007/2008 unprecedented oil price hike up to nearly US$145 a barrel in July 2008 many countries, including France and South Korea among others, had turned away from high reliance on oil and invested in alternative sources of energy including nuclear power.


Edra Power to establish institute to cultivate domestic talent in renewable energy

July 7, 2019

Nuclear and renewable.

Dateline 2019-06-09, Malay Mail:

Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd plans to set up an international institute in Malaysia to cultivate local talent in renewable energy under the aegis of its parent company, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN).

It will be one of eight such training institutes in CGN’s active exploration for international talent training methods to support its worldwide operations.

 


Nuclear option should stay

November 27, 2018

Yes, it is an excellent deterent I look forward to when we have backyard reactors.

Dateline 2018-10-04, NST:

PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently lamented our traumatic experiences with radioactive materials (amang) during his special address at the recent Conference of Power and Electricity Supply Industry 2018 (CEPSI 2018).

He said that until today, scientists still haven’t delivered an acceptable solution for the radioactive waste problem and then stressed that nuclear power should never be an option for Malaysia.

This feels like we are unwittingly turning the clock back to the 80s. This is because nuclear power is now widely acknowledged as the only proven solution for carbon-free base load electricity generation. Nuclear power was so popular in the last decade that there was even a brief period of global nuclear renaissance when climate change felt inevitable and the hike in crude oil prices seemed unending. Unfortunately, the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 put a spanner in the works. Nevertheless, 436 nuclear power reactors are still in operation in 31 countries around the globe. In addition, 55 new reactors are currently under construction. Even Japan, which closed down or suspended the operations of all of its nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, has restarted a few plants to meet domestic electricity demands.

Germany, on the other hand, decided in 2000 to shut down all of its nuclear power stations. It now imports electricity from (ironically) nuclear-powered France while sweating over a creeping increment of carbon index due to higher reliance on fossil fuels.


Nuclear power is our green future

November 25, 2018

For the record, I agree with the title.

Dateline 2018-11-02, NST:

NUCLEAR power was Malaysia’s last energy option during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first tenure as prime minister. The policy was rescinded by his two successors, who studied nuclear as a possible part of our energy mix in the peninsula.

However, now that Dr Mahathir is back at the helm, nuclear power is again out of any energy policy consideration.

He declared during his address at the Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (Cepsi 2018) that Malaysia would instead explore full use of domestic coal reserves for baseload power generation.

His stand against nuclear power is not surprising. In a number of his blog posts, he lamented over disturbing experiences with radioactive materials called “amang” during the Asian Rare Earth Bukit Merah controversy.

He claimed that until today, scientists had failed to offer an acceptable solution to the radioactive waste conundrum.

Be it in office or out, he said that nuclear power should never be an option for Malaysia.


Students Jertih to take part in nuclear congress in Russia

November 11, 2018

Tahniah, anak muda!

Dateline 2018-08-26, The Sun:

Although they will be put on stage in front of seniors and experts in nuclear science, three students from a fishing village in Terengganu are determined to make the best presentation at the ‘Rosatom Youth Congress’ in Russia on Monday.

Having won a student competition during the ‘Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes’ international conference held in South Korea in May, Muhammad Syazwan Mat Sidek, 17, Muhammad Anuar Abd Ghani, 17, and Safyyah Muhammad Nasir, 16, are determined to spread awareness on the benefits of nuclear technology.

Looking at the proficiency in English and confidence on stage while in South Korea, many may have thought that the students of SMK Kuala Besut were from an urban area, but Muhammad Anuar and Safyyah’s parents are only small-time businessmen at the Jertih market while Muhammad Syazwan is the son of a teacher.

Muhammad Syazwan said there was no time limit given to them to make their presentation at the congress in Saint Petersburg, unlike the competition in South Korea, where they were given 13 minutes, including a question and answer session.

 


Pakatan won’t build nuke plants, says minister

October 4, 2018

Why?

Dateline 2018-07-20, Malay Mail:

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government does not plan to build nuclear power plants or explore nuclear energy, minister Yeo Bee Yin said.

The energy, green technology, science, climate change and environment minister also said the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, the regulatory agency for the nuclear sector under the Prime Minister’s Department, will be closed in the near future.

“Plans for nuclear power plants will be cancelled and some corporations will also be abolished, there’s no difficulty in doing this because the previous government did not sign any contracts for this,” Yeo said in an interview with Malay Mail.