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 The policy was rescinded by his two successors, who studied nuclear as a possible part of our energy mix in the peninsula.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.


Malaysia’s nuclear power plants dream far from definite

March 20, 2018

Shucks, I had a gamma ray chamber all set up, and Dr. Horrible was going to preside the opening.

Dateline 2018-02-08, Malaysian Reserve:

Malaysia is unlikely to put into motion any concrete plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants before 2030.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the government is not expected to commit to the 2030 target due to the complexity of the issue and the need for a detailed study before such implementations.

“We also do not want to panic the public. At the same time, the government wants to learn more (about the technology) before embarking on it,” she told The Malaysian Reserve in a recent interview.

Malaysia had initially planned to commission the country’s first and second nuclear plants in 2021 and 2022 respectively, as outlined under the Economic Transformation Programme.


Malaysia lauded for careful nuke approach

December 15, 2017

I would keep an eye out for Datuk Seri Nancy, as nuclear will be the way to go once the O&G industry dies down, and Semenanjung will complain that Sarawak has too much influence in the energy industry. This is assuming that the flux capacitor isn’t invented in Balakong by then.

Dateline 2017-11-02, Inquirer.Net:

Speaking at the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power here yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have singled out Malaysia as a role model for the level of care it displayed.

“Malaysia’s comprehensive groundwork at this early stage and how we are carefully making our decision can be a model for newcomer countries to emulate.

 “IAEA likes how we are carefully making our decision,” said Nancy after delivering her keynote address at the two-day conference attended by 700 ministers and policy makers from 67 countries.

Nuclear Techniques in Achieving SDGs: IAEA and Malaysia Host Seminar

November 5, 2017

Dateline 2017-10-13, IAEA:

More than 200 participants took a hard look at nuclear science and technology and how it could help them achieve their development objectives during the IAEA’s first ever national roundtable seminar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Held in Malaysia last month, the event involved officials from government, academia and non-governmental organizations and focused on several areas, including nuclear techniques for water resources and environment conservation and nuclear technology for the promotion of sustainable agriculture.