Nuclear power plant to cost RM8 billion upwards.
KUALA LUMPUR: A 1,000 megawatts (MW) nuclear power plant will cost US$2.5-US$4 billion (RM8.3-RM13.3 billion) to build, Dewan Rakyat heard today.
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said the amount did not include research and development in soft infrastructure like human capital development and improvements to support the nuclear plant.
"The cost of operating a nuclear plant is lower than that using oil, coal and natural gas," he told Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) who asked about the plant planned for 2021 and its impact on the environment.
Chin said the nuclear plant's exact location had yet to be determined but it would be built in peninsula to meet rising demand for electricity post 2020.
The government would use international standards when choosing the location by considering factors like population density, environment, hydrology, seismic, teutonic and geomography.
He said as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the government would ensure that all safety regulations would be adhered to.
"Licence for the plant project site will only be issued after all studies including environmental impact assessment and radiation are done."
Chin allayed public fears over safety concerns as nuclear technology had improved in recent years.
"The reactor will stop quickly, in several seconds, in case of unforeseen incidents," he added.
Radiation from nuclear plants were also lower than those at background radiation areas as they had five safety layers to prevent radiation. - BERNAMA
The nuke issue again.
We hope the government won't be too ambitious in building nuclear power in Malaysia....not that soon.
Not wanting to be a sceptic towards finding an alternative to the ever increasing demands of electricity but it is much more important for people to know about the effect of it on the enviroment and be well informed about it affect on human at large.