Fukushima Didn’t Affect Singapore Nuclear Decision

From Asia One News

By Elizabeth Kamaldin

SINGAPORE – The nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima plant on March 11 last year contributed little to the Government’s decision that nuclear energy is not yet suitable for the country.

Speaking at the two-day inaugural Gas Asia Summit held at Marina Bay Sands yesterday, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S. Iswaran said that “in terms of the conclusion we drew, (it) would have been the case whether (the incident) had occurred or not.”

The event was held as part of the four-day Singapore International Energy Week.

Mr Iswaran shared that Singapore was doing its own pre-feasibility study into nuclear power at the time of the Fukushima incident.

He said: “In our study, safety was always the paramount consideration.

“We wanted to make sure that in the context and from the perspective of a small city that is densely populated, any technology that we consider must be appropriate and stand up to a risk-benefit analysis.”

However, the incident re-emphasised the importance of safety. Mr Iswaran, who is also a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, said: “Our assessment was based on the state of current technology.”

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