April 11, 2011 / 9:44 AM / 9 years ago

Singapore to continue studying nuclear power; no decision on use

SINGAPORE, April 11 (Reuters) - Singapore said on Monday the nuclear crisis in Japan would not derail its “pre-feasibility” study on nuclear energy, as it needed to assess safety risks associated with the technology, but any decision on its use remained far away.

Southeast Asian neighbours such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have announced plans for nuclear energy, Senior Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Education S. Iswaran told parliament.

“Therefore, even if we do not proceed with nuclear energy for Singapore, we need to understand its implications for the region, and for Singapore,” Iswaran said.

“Even with the completion of the pre-feasibility study, we will still be a long way from making any decisions on nuclear energy for Singapore.”

A 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a huge tsunami battered the northeast coast of Japan last month, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi plant and sparking the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. [ID:nL3E7FA058]

Iswaran said Singapore had recently completed construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal, while exploring alternative options such as electricity imports, renewable energy and clean coal to diversify its fuel needs. (Reporting by Walter Sim; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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