Malaysia’s Nuclear Energy Exploration: Ministry Deliberates Small Modular Reactor Potential


Ministry Weighing Nuclear Reactor Option: DPM

Malaysia's Nuclear Energy Exploration Ministry Deliberates Small Modular Reactor Potential
Malaysia’s Nuclear Energy Exploration Ministry Deliberates Small Modular Reactor Potential

Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation Explores Small Modular Reactors in Malaysia

KUCHING: The Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation is currently evaluating the potential implementation of small modular reactors (SMR) in Malaysia. This move follows global trends where several countries have already adopted the use of nuclear reactors.

During the closing ceremony of Pesta Regatta Sejijak 2024 at Kampung Sejijak Jetty on Sunday, Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof shared insights on the ongoing studies. “We are still looking into it, and it is not yet certain whether it will be utilized in the nation or not,” he stated.

Comprehensive Study on SMR Suitability Underway

Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister, emphasized the thorough nature of the ongoing study. The ministry is examining various critical factors, including technology viability, safety protocols, environmental impacts, and associated costs. “We are doing an overall suitability study from the aspects of technology, safety, and the impact of nuclear use on the environment including the cost… everything needs to be studied,” he elaborated.

Benefits and Specifications of SMRs

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are designed to produce significant amounts of low-carbon electricity while occupying a reduced physical footprint. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, SMRs have a power capacity of up to 300 MW(e) per unit, which is about one-third of the capacity of traditional nuclear power reactors. This makes SMRs a potentially attractive option for Malaysia’s energy needs, balancing efficiency with environmental considerations.

Assessing Risks and Mitigation Strategies

In addition to evaluating the benefits, the ministry is also focused on identifying and addressing potential risks associated with SMR technology. Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof highlighted the importance of understanding and planning for these risks to ensure any implementation would be safe and sustainable.


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