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US to help Thailand develop small nuclear reactors

US to help Thailand develop small nuclear reactors

BANGKOK: The United States will help Thailand develop nuclear power through a new class of small reactors, part of a programme aimed at fighting climate change, US Vice President Kamala Harris announced on a visit today (Nov 19).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 19 November 2022, 02:14PM


File photo: AFP

File photo: AFP

The White House said the assistance was part of its Net Zero World Initiative, a project launched at last year’s Glasgow climate summit in which the US partners with the private sector and philanthropists to promote clean energy.

Thailand does not have nuclear power, with the public mood on the issue souring after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, reports the Bangkok Post. The country has had a small research reactor since 1962. The Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology has proposed building a 20-megawatt reactor site in Ongkharak district of Nakhon Nayok but it has encountered strong community opposition.

The White House said it would offer technical assistance to the country to deploy the developing technology of small modular reactors, which are factory-built and portable. Such reactors are generally considered safer as they do not need human intervention to shut down in emergencies.

“We really look forward to working with Thailand to take advantage of the benefits of small modular reactors and reliable clean energy sources,” said a senior US official travelling with Harris, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A White House statement said that US experts would work with Thailand on deploying the reactors, which will have the “highest standards of safety, security and nonproliferation” and boast a smaller land footprint than alternatives.

US rivals China and Russia, as well as Argentina, are also developing small modular reactors, the prototypes of which are in the design phase.

The White House did not give a timeline but said it would support Thailand, which is highly vulnerable to climate change, in its goal of going carbon neutral by 2065.

Harris, who is visiting the US ally for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, will discuss the nuclear power initiative in a meeting later Saturday with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The White House also announced an initiative with Thailand to boost the safety of fifth-generation internet and a project to build a “world-class” cancer treatment centre in Chon Buri province.

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christysweet | 23 November 2022 - 17:51:08

A properly maintained compost pile makes no smell,  because it is vegetable matter only.  I would not advise  discarding animal parts  in a pile in your yard. It helps to not eat meat. 

Taswegian | 23 November 2022 - 11:03:07

1,100deaths in Chiang Mai in 2021, also cost $US400,000,000, due to agricultural burning each year. I think Kurt has a valid point.

Pascale | 23 November 2022 - 09:55:53

I did Google Mr.Kurt and all I found is that Chiang Mai isn't even among the "50 most polluted cities in the world" something that contradicts your statement that Chiang Mai is the most polluted place in the world.( 21.11.2022  at 12.42.16)   And I could not find anything about "Vain diseases ". Must be something new !

Kurt | 22 November 2022 - 12:16:24

Pascale in the bend; With a 'few days a year'. Google, Pascale, google. Stop reacting with useless nonsense. Here another one: Heart and vain diseases in CM province are the highest in SE Asia, due to air pollution. ( a few days?)

Pascale | 22 November 2022 - 10:04:54

@Kurt   Having the worst air index in the world for a few days a year doesn't make Chiang Mai province the most polluted spot in the world in general. So hard to understand? 

Kurt | 22 November 2022 - 01:48:33

Invite all to google:  Air pollution ChiangMai province, Thailand. The pollution season starts now, or very soon.  Even CM Airport will now and than close due to air pollution. And, yes, led was ment lead. A typo. Unfortunately not able to call back written comment to correct. Would feel funny when I write reactions like Pascale does. Pedantic.

Pascale | 21 November 2022 - 15:47:23

@Christy   I don't want to imagine if everyone around me start to compost his wet kitchen scraps. The smell and all the flies would be disgusting . May be ok in your rural surrounding but for sure not in a more dense populated area.

Pascale | 21 November 2022 - 15:39:40

@Kurt  Seems like you inhaled to much smoke too.  ChiangMai province  is not the most polluted spot in the world. And whatever you read on CNN you got that wrong too as India is behind USA regarding CO2 pollution. And last but not least it's called lead and not led  !

Kurt | 21 November 2022 - 12:46:13

..clearing farmland, exhaust smoke fuming cars. Situation on the roads is so bad that many thai children have to much led in their brain and lungs, blocking normal healthy brain development.

Kurt | 21 November 2022 - 12:42:16

Graphic report from CNN. Largest polluter is China ( 3 times more than U.S. Nr 2 is India, we all see regular the tv shots of New Dehli air situation. Thailand has the "nice" ChiangMai province reputation, most polluted spot in the world. Thailand overall is very polluted, must unneeded, but just due ignorance of the thai population about handling/burning rubbish, plastic, clearing farml...

christysweet | 21 November 2022 - 10:05:07

Facts are facts. Meanwhile I'm American and only produce a small bag of 'trash' per week, use a gallon of gas per month, my last electric bill was 490 baht  whereas my local neighbors fill up a can a day  with completely recyclable materials and lots of wet kitchen scraps that mess up the incineration process. I compost mine. 

Pascale | 20 November 2022 - 20:51:23

@Christy   You should know better. Historically seen the US is still the biggest polluter of all times. Only the last few years China has create more Co2 compared to the USA. Take a  look how much general waste a single household in the USA still produces every day. With all their superior( ?) education they should do/know better.

Pascale | 20 November 2022 - 16:01:10

No Kurt, the "love ??"Thailand/China is not evaporating ! As seen,it is possible to have good relationships between many countries. Of course not in your own limited mindset,where only good or bad, black and white or friend or enemy exists.

christysweet | 20 November 2022 - 12:00:26

China creates TWICE the greenhouse gasses as USA , then there is India and oddly Indonesia, then Russia  USA Army invented the internet, ( ARPANET) so maybe don't use it anymore?

JohnC | 20 November 2022 - 08:46:23

The DSA (Divided States of America) only ever does things that benefit itself but is very good at pushing stories to make it look like they are 'helping' other nations. The biggest green house emitter in the world should be concentrating on fxing it's own internal problems first rather than making problems elsewhere.

Kurt | 20 November 2022 - 07:56:28

"Harris who is visiting the US ally Thailand"...?  Thought Xi Jinping is the ally, or is the love Thailand-China evaporating? Or is this move just a Thai marketing strategy to encourage China to give/care more to/for Thailand?

Capricornball | 19 November 2022 - 21:35:58

How nice of the US to throw in a new cancer treatment center. Thailand will certainly need it after the US gives them a few nuke plants and expands 5G wireless. I'm just thinking how many Thais die from mishandling a Honda Wave. Can't imagine what'll happen when they start mishandling their new reactor toys, or use the same maintenance techniques as they employ on their tsunami buoys.

christysweet | 19 November 2022 - 18:54:42

Nuclear power is safe  IF no  corners are cut in construction and ALL rules are followed.  Keep it a non profit public utility and do not let a for profit corp manage it.  Upper management staff's families  must reside  nearby is how to keep it honest. 

 

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