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Addressing the 54th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that is being held in Vienna, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said Sri Lanka has taken a decision to explore the possibility of incorporating nuclear power to country’s energy mix and the Atomic Energy Authority of SL has moved to enhance human resource development in the field of nuclear energy.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa brought Atomic Energy Authority, which was earlier under Ministry of Science of Technology, under Ministry of Power and Energy when he appointed Minister Ranawaka as subject minister.

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  • pwc Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:46 AM

    Very good. But it is said to be in 2030. But it's too long. Why can't we make it at least in 2020 ??

    Saradial Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:09 AM

    Nuke energy - Its grate. we have friends whit nuke tech - Pakistan, China and India. Nuke energy would be grate solution for our power crisis.

    Mohan Tuesday, 21 September 2010 11:17 AM

    Plz , no chineese this time

    Tushanta Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:13 AM

    How about the Hydro Carbon energy; you talk about in ur previous post. Your successer to that post doesn't know anything about that?

    polkiccha Wednesday, 22 September 2010 08:14 AM

    to have nuke power plants we need to have large uninhabited areas and this means REALLY large. do we have that kind of area????

    Conju Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:15 AM

    What UNP's Karu Jayasuirya could not do for the CEB Champika Ranwaka is doing. I think he was and is the best minister in the government. He is an Engineer by profession and he did a great job in the Environment ministry as well. he is an affect for Sri Lanka.

    Ananda Premalal Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:15 AM

    This is a very good move most economical energy in the long run although the initial investment is high. This should be a national issue and should not be changed by future governments comes in to power. We salute Hon. Champika who is known to us as an Electrical Engineer.

    kumar Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:16 AM

    bright future.

    chami Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:18 AM

    What about our oil resources? it was suppose to reach the market in 2010

    lankaman Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:19 AM

    even with the fastest of commissioning, there is a limit to which a project can be fast tracked

    rajeeva Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:28 AM

    man with a vision,pls action your idea,definetely all the srilankan support you,irrespective of political party.

    Prasanna Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:35 AM

    Proud to be Sri Lankan. This is called power of true Sri Lankan. Sri Lanka will become asia no 1 in 2020

    Atha Katha Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:48 AM

    Nuke energy creates more problems than it solves! It may be a short term answer to a long term solution, what about radioactive nuclear waste, development of nuke power plants, need of creating a successful fail safe system & decommissioning of a nuke power plant takes up to 500 years!!!

    With Pr.Mahinda as the country's head and looking at nuclear power we might end up creating unwanted Diplomatic tensions. For a small Island like Sri Lanka, we are far better without nuclear energy!

    rala Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:55 AM

    Mr. Ranawaka is VERY VERY GOOD EXAMPLE foe all other foolish politicians ( government , opposition both) , his subject should not be changed under whatever the reason, he is a result making minister, none in the parliament can close to him. even under UNP government Mr. Ranawaka should be the Power Minister.
    You Led by Example Sir, All the best!!!!!! you can do it !!!

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:01 AM

    You forgot North Korea and Iran. Two more countries that can be good friends.

    bandara Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:02 AM

    have a nuke power station in india, then transmit power to sri lanka through HVDC -high voltage direct current technologies now available with very very low power loss. Minister knows that it's safe and best use of power if we can get India involved. no place for nuke plant in tiny SL. 1 mistake SL will be a frying pan. Nuke waste got to deposit few km down under ground. Use finish case.

    sltk2004 Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:04 AM

    First learn how to handle/store dynamite and other explosives properly, then go for nuclear energy solutions.

    nanda Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:06 AM

    Agree. He is the best, among 5-7 good ministers, in our mini-Jabmo cabinet. Hope president will give more powers do him during the next cabinet Shuffle.

    Willie Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:08 AM

    Most of the educated western countries try to STOP NUKE ENERGY because of the high risk by accident...there are better alternative energy solution like Wind, Water or Solar energy specially for Sri Lanka climate...!!??!!

    TMA Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:17 AM

    There U go. Cat out of the bag. We will proudly B China's nuclear dump ground. Y can't anyone understand that nuclear plants in a small country like ours is risky.

    JEM D Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:22 AM

    You are seeing ghosts in daytime. Also looks like you are voicing the opinion of the Western powers who are scared of little Nations like us prospering. Their power then diminishes.
    Be Sri Lankan, Think Sri Lankan. BE straight, loyal and Patriotic.

    rasika Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:31 AM

    Nuke energy is the most appropriate future energy source. Good decision by the authorities.

    pwc Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:40 AM

    If it's risky, it's same even for bigger countries.

    Raven Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:47 AM

    Agreed. He is the best minister by far. The reason is simple. He is well educated, and credit to MR for appointing him for the right ministerial post. He knows the subject well and he has a vision.

    R Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:52 AM

    Nuke power can be more expensive compared to coal considering the cost of safety and disposal of waste. But it is one of the best methods to generate very large amounts of energy.

    TMA Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:52 AM

    Even U said 'bigger'. They usually have their power plants in desert areas where ppl don't live, cos they're 'bigger' so risk can B mitigated. But we're a densely populated country

    Kingsley Thudugala Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:55 AM

    If Nuke Energy could be introduced into our country it will help our development programms good to concentrate on this without delay to have a better future.

    R Tuesday, 21 September 2010 05:56 AM

    Not a very good idea. If you do this we will have energy dependency to India. Then India can use it as political leverage. Like Russia doing some small countries with its oil pipe lines

    pusa Tuesday, 21 September 2010 06:15 AM

    Grate Idea . But, Pl. not from Pakistan, China, India, North Korea and Iran. They can be good friend, but not so safe.

    Bird Eye Tuesday, 21 September 2010 06:16 AM

    Not necessary to be so timid, Nuke energy is very economical. Some countries dump nuke waste in Russian dumping site with agreement.

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 21 September 2010 06:28 AM

    What about the Nuclear Waste ?.

    Telemachus Tuesday, 21 September 2010 09:40 PM


    nihal S Wednesday, 22 September 2010 03:14 AM

    Mr. Minister,
    You or your government is not consistant in future planning. When you were the Minister for envirenment you talked about solid waste to enery and waste plastics to petrol. What happened to those plans. Being an educated member of the parliament put a private motion to have a NATIONAL PLANING UNIT some thing similar to Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (of course not in the present context but the original idea of formulation of CECB) to plan the development. Under any Executive President no guarantee for continuation of a ministry how much you are powerful or knowledgeable in the subject.Therefore National Development Planning Unit is a must.
    Nihal Sooriyarachchi

    R Tuesday, 21 September 2010 07:58 AM

    Alternate energy solutions make nice headlines on news papers but they generate far less energy compared to cost/space invested in them. They are not sufficient to cater for industrial energy demand if we have any plan to develop energy hungry industrial sector.

    Ibnu Batuta Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:00 AM

    I have heard this Nuke Power proposal during JR's period too. Dreaming of exporting power to India too. Vision is good but only action brings result.

    Rifai Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:20 AM

    Rate of constructing Nuclear power plants are declining due to economic and safety reasons. Most of the European countries revised their energy policy to include more renewable energy in to their energy system. Sri Lanka has many renewable energy options especially bio-energy which meet 50% of our energy demand and this would be the sustainable long term solution. Nuclear would be the last option.

    Nan Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:03 AM

    Excellent news. Its high time sri lanka started expanding it's horizons. Sri Lanka has produced some great scientists and engineers in the past, now we can make use of them in our own country without sending them abroad...

    man Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:13 AM

    First produce rice for our requirement then can concentrate on nuke energy.

    Bluff Bluff Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:30 AM

    You all started Norochole coal power plant saying that coal power is the cheapest. And now you have found Nuke to be the cheapest. Where are you going to start that power plant this time?

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