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* Sri Lanka looks to nuclear power to meet energy demand
Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 11:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 21, Vienna: Sri Lanka is looking into incorporating nuclear power as an energy source to meet the increasing demand of energy brought up by the accelerated pace of development.

Addressing the 54th sessions of the International Atomic Energy Authority in Vienna, the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said the government of Sri Lanka has approved the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka to conduct a pre-feasibility study of using nuclear energy as a viable option for power generation beyond 2020 with technical corporation of the Agency.

He said the government in collaboration with the engineering universities in the country has already launched a program to enhance the human resource development in the nuclear energy field.

The Minister told the session that the government is in the process of upgrading the Atomic Energy Authority Act to meet the present and future requirements in the filed of nuclear power generation, nuclear terrorism, environmental protection, nuclear safety and security.

The draft act has been forwarded to the Agency and it is to be finalized within a year in the parliament, he informed.

Speaking of nuclear terrorism, the Minister told the meeting that Sri Lanka is a partner of the global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism and has joined the megaport initiative to improve safety and security of radioactive sources and monitor international movement of such materials through the country's ports.

The government has also upgraded the security for radiation therapy facilities under the Global threat Initiative. The authorities are now finalizing an agreement with the United States to receive technical assistance for radioactive waste disposal,

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