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Egat seeks House vote on nuclear plan
« on: December 05, 2009, 04:00:05 PM »
Egat seeks House vote on nuclear plan

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) will ask Parliament to vote on whether Thailand should go ahead with planned nuclear power plants next year, says outgoing governor Sombat Sarntijaree.

A feasibility study on the project is now being conducted and the government is expected to make the decision next year. Egat, however, thinks Parliament better represents the public.

"Nuclear power is crucial for national power development. It involves not only Egat but all walks of life, thus every voice should be heard when the project is considered," Mr Sombat said.

Under the existing power development plan, Egat would build two nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts to begin operating in 2021 and 2022. Five potential locations have been selected and a final decision will be made in the middle of next year.

Last month, Egat signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese state-owned China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC) and CLP Holding Co for information exchange and personnel training on nuclear technology over the next three years.

CGNPC has developed its own nuclear power technology over the past decade including the CPR-1000 pressurised water reactor in co-operation with France's Areva. Egat last year sent more than 80 engineers and technicians to receive nuclear-power training in China.

However, the utility has not decided whether to choose the Chinese nuclear technology, said Mr Sombat.

A survey conducted by Egat in October showed that while 60% of the public accepted the use of nuclear power, the same portion admitted they did not want the plants in or near their towns.

Egat has maintained that the adoption of nuclear power is critical. In August, the natural gas supply to the power grid was disrupted twice, forcing Egat to switch to fuel oil and adding about one billion baht to its costs.

"We can no longer take any risk from heavy reliance on natural gas, which now represents 70% of all fuels used in generating power. In August, we learned the lesson that a gas shortage in the power grid nearly caused a blackout for the entire country," Mr Sombat said.

Climate change is another major factor that makes nuclear power attractive since a nuclear power plant has zero carbon emissions, he added.

The utility expects the country's power demand to resume growth of 4% next year after dropping 0.5% this year.

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Re: Egat seeks House vote on nuclear plan
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009, 04:08:23 PM »
Nuclear disasters from wiki

    * March 28, 1979 — INES Level 5 - Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States - Partial meltdown

        * Equipment failures and worker mistakes contributed to a loss of coolant and a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station 15 km (9 miles) southeast of Harrisburg. While the reactor was extensively damaged on-site radiation exposure was under 100 millirems (less than annual exposure due to natural sources), with exposure of 1 millirem (10 µSv) to approximately 2 million people. There were no fatalities. Follow up radiological studies predict at most one long-term cancer fatality.


    * April 26, 1986 — INES Level 7 - Prypiat, Ukraine (then USSR) - Power excursion, explosion, complete meltdown

        * A mishandled reactor safety test led to an uncontrolled power excursion, causing a severe steam explosion, meltdown and release of radioactive material at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant located approximately 100 kilometers north-northwest of Kiev. Approximately fifty fatalities (mostly cleanup personnel) resulted from the accident and the immediate aftermath. An additional nine fatal cases of thyroid cancer in children in the Chernobyl area have been attributed to the accident. The explosion and combustion of the graphite reactor core spread radioactive material over much of Europe. 100,000 people were evacuated from the areas immediately surrounding Chernobyl in addition to 300,000 from the areas of heavy fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. An "Exclusion Zone" was created surrounding the site encompassing approximately 1,000 mi² (3,000 km²) and deemed off-limits for human habitation for an indefinite period. Several studies by governments, UN agencies and environmental groups have estimated the consequences and eventual number of casualties. Their findings are subject to controversy.

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