Can Malaysia embark on nuclear power? Not quite yet, say experts

September 8, 2017

We can do creative accounting, ‘course we can do creative nuclear energy.

Dateline 2017-09-08, NST:

Before Malaysia can consider embarking on developing nuclear energy, it has to consider many factors, including improving existing laws, as well as engaging the public.

Malaysia Nuclear Power Cooperation (MNPC) chief executive officer Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said these factors include changing public perception, improving existing laws, and signing additional treaties pertaining nuclear energy.

“Although nuclear energy may be considered necessity in the long run, the public are concerns over the matter.

“Therefore, we must first engage the public and get their feedback before any decision could be made on the use of nuclear energy.

“We also need to improve our existing Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 as well to be part of treaties pertaining nuclear energy,” he said when met after the Public Information on Nuclear Energy seminar today.

Report: Nuclear power plant in Malaysia by 2030?

June 20, 2017

Dateline 2017-05-24, Malay Mail:

Malaysia could have its own nuclear power plant by 2030 to address the high power consumption in the peninsula, the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) said.

MNPC chief executive Mohd Zamzam Jaafar reportedly said that the peninsula currently generates power from coal (52 per cent), gas (45 per cent) and hydro (three per cent).

“We will only use nuclear power in Peninsular Malaysia because the demand is much higher at around 18,000 megawatt. Sarawak only uses 2,000 megawatt,” he was quoted as saying in The Borneo Post.

MNPC striving to table bill to safeguard nuclear power

February 23, 2017

Dateline 2017-01-24, Malaysiakini:

The Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) hopes the bill to safeguard the country’s nuclear power will be tabled in Parliament next year at the latest.

The bill, which will replace the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304), will pave the way for the country to have its own nuclear power generator as early as 2030.

MNPC chief executive officer Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said even though the government had decided against having a nuclear power generator before 2030, its development programme was still progressing to ensure that the country would have clean energy sources by then.


Atomic power a needed option as coal burns up with demand, says nuclear agency

July 26, 2015

Dateline 2015-06-10, The Malay Mail:

Malaysia needs atomic energy as spiralling global demand for coal could make the fossil fuel too costly in the long term, said the federal agency spearheading the bid for the country’s first nuclear power plant.

Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) chief executive officer Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said at the current rate of global development, countries dependent on coal for power generation will have to pay dearly for the fuel both as price and energy demands increase.