“Steps will be taken to Use Nuclear Energy in the Coming Years for the Improvement of Electricity Sector”.
( Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development emphasizes at an awareness programme on substitution of Nuclear Energy for Power Generation.)
Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development states that “This programme is really important for our country. The use of nuclear energy for power generation in future is much appropriate. As I know, some countries were afraid to use nuclear energy. However the fear has been disappeared now and people have come to the real point. There will be difficulties in achieving this as Sri Lanka is a country facing economic problems. Our present daily power generation level could be able to lift up to an optimum level with the use of nuclear energy. Hence, I wish to give my fullest support as a government without making any interruption. I trust that Sri Lanka will be able to achieve success using this technology. Nuclear energy could be used for agriculture and health sectors as well. Sri Lankans and investors will be benefitted through this process. Our institute has got a little knowledge in nuclear energy sector. Therefore we expect to get the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international bodies. We expect to give necessary instructions and guidance as the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development to spread nuclear energy Sector Island wide. He added that this would be a path of exchanging energy among SAARC countries.”
The Minister expressed these ideas attending a workshop on “Economic and Commercial Importance of Using Nuclear Technology for the Enhancement of Electricity Sector in Sri Lanka” today 22nd as the chief guest.
This workshop has been organized by the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, the Sri Lankan agent of the International Atomic Energy Agency. This workshop was has commenced today at BMICH and it is focused on how the technology of nuclear energy that is used as a remedy for the power crisis by other countries, could be used for Sri Lanka.
As per the long term power generation plan prepared by CEB, it is expected to sue nuclear energy by 2036 within the power sector. Around 07 such studies were conducted last year and Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority states that 02 such studies have been carried out in 2019.
This workshop is held for three days at BMICH and three experts representing France and USA have joined this workshop as resource persons.
Bank officials of private banks and public banks including Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Persons of engineering, entrepreneur representatives of Atomic Energy Sector, around 45 officers from public institutes such as Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Environment participated the workshop.