EGAT's Nuclear power plant feasibility study to be finished by year-end

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EGAT’s Nuclear power plant feasibility study to be finished by year-end

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) affirms that within this year-end the feasibility study on nuclear power plant will be completed to be proposed to the Cabinet for approval next year.

EGAT Deputy Governor Somboon Arayasakul stated that the feasibility study of five power plants with a total capacity of 5,000 megawatts currently was on the process of location research and reaching understanding with local people. He said in some area the people were still opposed to the nuclear power plant construction. By the end of this year, the conclusion will be made on three locations for such a construction.

According to the plan, the first plant will be formed in January 2020 with the production capacity of 1,000 megawatts. Those studied projects will be proposed to the Cabinet for further approval made next year whether to continue power plant construction.

EGAT, meanwhile, is confident with security standard of nuclear power plant to meet international quality, while nuclear waste from production process will be kept inside the plants until those plants become expired with 40 years lifetime. Moreover, EGAT has also cooperated with Kasetsart University to conduct a research in using nuclear radiation for agricultural activities such as food preservation.

22 July 2010

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