The introduction of nuclear energy in any country, Malaysia included, requires a long lead time, with concerted and comprehensive planning and development of appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory, technological, educational and training, and other related infrastructure. Among the key requirements are the need to establish the economic viability of nuclear power projects, a long-term national commitment for the nuclear energy option, a national pre-selection of the appropriate nuclear power plant type, a long-term spent-fuel management policy, compliance with the international system of nuclear governance, national capacity-building and public acceptance programme on nuclear energy.
The need for national nuclear training hub intensifies in light of Malaysias intention to pursue nuclear power post-2020. As such, the Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) recently established a special nuclear energy unit known as the Centre for Nuclear Energy (CNE). Sharing the same view with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), which is the parent company of UNITEN, the centre strongly believed that nuclear technology is the most viable and better alternative for a long-term energy source in Malaysia. This aspiration is in tandem with the government effort to secure sustainable development and to reduce dependency on fossil fuel as the main energy mix. As the education arm of TNB, UNITEN has been given the responsibility to develop human resource capability in the area. The human capital needs and demands for a nuclear power plant are significant and require a careful planning and a long lead time to develop.
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