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Experts say public acceptance in nuclear power plants is the most important indicator of a possibility of such a plant in Thailand

The Nuclear Society of Thailand (NST), the Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University and the Ministry Of Science and Technology jointly held a seminar on “Is Nuclear Power Plant Safe?” in an effort to educate the public about advanced nuclear technology and raise public acceptance in the technology.

Speakers at the seminar included nuclear experts from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Faculty of Engineering of KMUTT, the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAEP), the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation and Image Plus Communication Co., Ltd.

The speakers widely shared their opinions over the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Thailand. They admitted that domestic demand of power would be doubled in the next twenty years. This prompted all sectors in the country to think thoroughly how to deal with the higher demand, and nuclear power was one of the potential solutions.

The current demand of power in the country is at about 60,000 megawatts but domestic supply contributes only half of the amount, or 35,000 megawatts. 70% of the power supply is from natural gas; 17% from Lignite; 10% from renewable energy, and 2.2% from hydropower. The rest is imported from the Lao PDR.

EGAT said in the seminar that any construction plan for the power plant must base on three factors – production stability, environmentally friendly benefits and reasonable investment.

One of the speakers cited Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as saying in his televised program last Friday that impacts of nuclear power planta must be studied carefully in all aspects, starting from now along with plans for their use in the future. All advantages and disadvantages must be taken into account with understanding and support from all stake holders.

NNT

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