Tolak nuklear!No to nukes
Selangor has joined Penang to draw a line in the sand over Putrajaya’s plan to build two nuclear power plants in Malaysia.
In a strongly-worded statement today, the Selangor government said it will not tolerate the nuclear plants in the state.
“Not only in Selangor, we oppose any nuclear power project in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. We call for Malaysia to be a Nuclear Free Zone.”
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had on Monday declared that he would not allow any nuclear plant to be built in his state.
Today’s statement, issued by the Selangor state secretariat, accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of forcing nuclear power on Malaysia without first seeking public opinion on the matter.
“This is the same hallmark Barisan Nasional arrogance that forced the Bakun Dam on us. Just like that dam, nuclear power will be another economic and environmental disaster for the country.
“Barisan Nasional cannot be trusted to handle such dangerous technology. Their track record of collapsing stadiums, dysfunctional dams, and overpriced crony projects points towards another calamity in the making.”
The Selangor government called on Najib to reveal the “comprehensive study” which he promised before going ahead with the plan.
“But where is this study? Instead the nuclear power plans have quietly doubled to two plants after being laundered through the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Where is the justification for this?
“Who stands to profit? The rakyat deserve answers, not spin.”
Najib promises to explore all options
In a blog posting in May, Najib promised to explore all options to meet the country’s growing energy needs. He also carried out an online survey among his readers, where a majority favoured solar energy over nuclear power.
The federal government had on Sunday announced plans to build two nuclear power plants that will generate 1,000 megawatts each beginning 2021 as part of the overall long-term plan to increase energy supply.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin said that the government would engage an international consultant to evaluate the location for the two plants.
In response, the Selangor government decried the lack of public consultation over the issue.
Instead, it asked Najib to:
- Show the ‘comprehensive study’ or explain why one hasn’t been done;
- Explain where the RM21.3 billion for the two nuclear plants is coming from, as well as whether and how this covers the life-cycle costs of nuclear power;
- Show exactly how a similar amount of renewable electricity could be delivered for an equivalent price by 2021.
Nuclear plant not viable For Malaysia, says researcher
Kuala Lumpur, November 10 – Plans to build a nuclear plant by 2020 under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) will not be viable for in terms of cost, according to a reseacher under the Brain Gain Malaysia Programme.
“With past trends as indications, the total investment cost needed to build a nuclear plant would be twice the cost allocated initially,” said David Jacobs, an independent energy policy consultant and researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Centre of Freie Universitat, Berlin.
“Previously, there was a nuclear power plant which was planned in Finland with an expected cost of 2.5 billion euros, but the final cost escalated to 5.0 billion euros,” he said at the third Malakoff Community Partnerships Energy Expert Series here Wednesday.
He added that it took a couple of years more to actually bring the plant on line.
According to the ETP handbook, the cost of building the twin-unit nuclear plant will require an investment of RM21.3 billion by 2020.
Under the Brain Gain Malaysia programme, Jacobs was attached with Universiti Tenaga Nasional’s Institute of Energy Policy and Research for six weeks.
“While the cost of building a nuclear plant is on the rise, the cost for renewable energy is going down at the same time,” Jacobs said.
“Authorities should conduct more economic viability analysis before starting the nuclear plant project. It would make much more sense to extend the renewable energy fund for development in that sector,” he said.
According to Jacobs, Malaysia should set much more ambitious goals on its long-term renewable energy plans.
“With Malaysia targeting to achieve 25 per cent of total usage of renewable energy by 2050, other countries would be in the 60 to 70 per cent range by that time,” he said.
Jacobs said the 5.5 per cent target Malaysia has set by 2015 could definitely be achieved and the country should set higher targets.
“The one per cent Feed in Tariffs (FiT) for development of renewable energy should be higher in the region of two to five per cent,” he said.
“Authorities should educate and gain the society’s support for the development of renewable energy as it does not only involve cost but also more intrinsic benefits along the way.”
He added that plans to increase electricity tariffs by one per cent for FiT should be implemented by January next year so that it would be effective by July 2011. – Bernama