Nuclear to continue play important part in energy mix for some countries: Australian Energy Minster

09:42, May 05, 2011      

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Nuclear power will continue to play an important part in the energy mix for some countries, Australian Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson said on Wednesday.

His comments came as Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant continues to leak radiation into the air, soil and ocean, after the plant was severely damaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March.

Ferguson said the incident had prompted a re-assessment of the nuclear industry, but he did not agree with some comments that the incidents at Fukushima spelt the end of nuclear power and the end of uranium mining.

"There will, undoubtedly, be some changes in potential energy generation mixes globally. But for some countries, nuclear will remain an important part of the energy mix," Ferguson told the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy dinner in Adelaide on Wednesday, quoted by Australia Associated Press.

"In 2008, nuclear power accounted for 5.8 percent of total global energy supply.

"It powers the homes and businesses for millions of people, and it will continue to do so because it goes to the question of energy security."

Currently, Australia does not have nuclear plant. However, the nation has 40 percent of the world's easily recoverable resources of uranium, the feedstock for nuclear power stations.

Source: Xinhua
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