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Explore the minds of nuclear experts

The nuclear power industry has since lived up to its promise made in 1970's to produce electricity reliably and cheaply. Nonetheless, many questions still hover above as the efficient solution to the energy crunch.

Although there are many safety and environmental concerns, nuclear power actually provides an environmental benefit by almost entirely eliminating airborne wastes and particulates generated during power generation.

Furthermore, proposed third generation power plants are said to be both substantially cheaper and faster to construct than the second generation power plants now in operation throughout the world.

The latest in new nuclear build and steps to be taken focusing on infrastructure requirements, nuclear power technologies, effective nuclear power project planning, financing options, public awareness campaigns and maximising safety and reliability of nuclear power plants will be showcased at the Nuclear Power Asia 2010, to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 26-27 January 2010.

This will be participated in by key ASEAN decision makers from the utility industry, and leading policy makers representing the governments of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will discuss the launch of nuclear production in Asia as a secure, competitive and CO2-free source of energy. They will be joined by leading Asian utilities including international nuclear operators like GDF Suez, Belgium; Energoatom, Ukraine; Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary and UniStar Nuclear Energy, USA.

The key speakers of the conference are Mr. Takashi Shoji, Director, World Association of Nuclear Operators, Japan; Y.Bhg. Dato' Dr. Halim Man, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia; Dr. Kamol Takabut, Assistant Governor, Power Plant Engineering, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thailand; Dr. Carunia Firdausy, Chairman, ASEAN Technical Working Group on the Establishment of Nuclear Power Plants Ad-Hoc Committee, Indonesia; Dr. Lee Woo-Bang, Senior Vice President, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, Korea; Mr. Froilan Tampinco, President, National Power Corporation, Philippines; Dr. Mohd Zamzam Jaafar, Head of Nuclear Energy Unit, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia; Mr. Tae Sun Ro, Senior Vice President, Korea Power Engineering Company, Korea; and Dr. Nahrul Khair bin Alang Md Rashid, President, Malaysian Nuclear Society, Malaysia.

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