Sri Lanka to Build First Nuclear Power Station by 2030

22 September 2010 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2010 18:30)

Sri Lanka plans to develop its first nuclear power plant by 2030 to generate cheap electricity. Ministry of Power and Energy secretary MMC Ferdinando told Reuters that they have received government clearance to set up a nuclear power plant of 1,000MW. The government would begi

Sri Lanka plans to develop its first nuclear power plant by 2030 to generate cheap electricity.

Ministry of Power and Energy secretary MMC Ferdinando told Reuters that they have received government clearance to set up a nuclear power plant of 1,000MW.

The government would begin feasibility studies for nuclear power and hopes to get safety approval from the World Atomic Energy Authority, according to Ferdinando.

"You have to have the plant and safety measures for disposal before starting the plant by 2030," Ferdinando said.

Sri Lanka currently meets its power demands depending 60% on diesel power and 40% on hydro power.