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Nuclear power remains Thai energy option
"We believe this is a way to generate energy cheaply," said Mr Sanan, also president of the melamine and plastic tableware manufacturer Srithai Superware.
He added that advanced technology could help minimise the potential risks of repeating Japan's nuclear crisis.
A panel in charge of Thailand's 20-year power development plan (PDP) for 2010-30 agreed in April to the Energy Ministry's proposal to delay by three years of the kingdom's first two nuclear power plants, initially scheduled to start operating in 2020.
The PDP calls for nuclear energy to account for 11 percent of power generation by 2030, with lignite and imported coal making up 24 percent, natural gas 39 percent, purchases from neighbouring countries 20 percent and renewable energy 6 percent.
Natural gas accounts for 72 percent of all fuel used in power generation in Thailand, followed by coal at 20 pwercent, domestic hydropower at 5 percent and imported power from Laos at 2 percent.
Pairat Tangkaseranee, the deputy secretary-general at the Federation of Thai Industries, said it also supported nuclear energy, which is clean and cost competitive. "Despite a high investment at the beginning, nuclear power plants are cheap in terms of operation and maintenance cost. And they generate much less carbon emissions than coal."
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