IAEA to re­view our nu­clear in­fra­struc­ture

The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

PU­TRA­JAYA: In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) ex­perts will be in the coun­try next week to con­duct the first In­te­grated Nu­clear In­fra­struc­ture Re­view (INIR), says Malaysia Nu­clear Power Corp (MNPC) CEO Mohd Zamzam Jaa­far.

He said the 12 ex­perts, mostly from the IAEA head­quar­ters in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, would re­view Malaysia’s state of pre­pared­ness for nu­clear en­ergy de­vel­op­ment, from Oct 10 to 17.

“Malaysia is al­most there (for nu­clear en­ergy de­vel­op­ment) but there are still cer­tain things that need to be done,” he said, adding they in­cluded the tabling of a nu­clear en­ergy bill and iden­ti­fy­ing a site for the nu­clear en­ergy pro­gramme.

Mohd Zamzam told a me­dia brief­ing here yes­ter­day that the out­come of Malaysia’s INIR re­view would be out by year-end, and was op­ti­mistic it would be a pos­i­tive re­view.

He said Malaysia had also sub­mit­ted its self-as­s­es­ment to IAEA, with all the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments, in May this year.

On nu­clear pro­gramme aware­ness in Malaysia, Mohd Zamzam said most Malaysians had neg­a­tive im­pres­sion when they hear the word ‘nu­clear’.

“MNPC will con­duct ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes to spread in­for­ma­tion on nu­clear en­ergy for power gen­er­a­tion,” he said, adding that, cur­rently, nu­clear en­ergy in Malaysia was only used in the med­i­cal and agri­cul­tural sec­tors.

MNPC, he said, fore­cast that Malaysia would only be able to have its own nu­clear pro­gramme for en­ergy gen­er­at­ing pur­poses af­ter 2030. – Ber­nama

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