IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development to Malaysia

Minister Nancy Shukri (centre) receiving the INIR mission report from Dohee Hahn, Director of the IAEA's Division of Nuclear Power, in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March 2017. (Photo: Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delivered the final report of a mission that reviewed Malaysia’s infrastructure development for a nuclear power programme.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission took place in October 2016 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia. It reviewed the status of development of the 19 infrastructure issues using the Phase 1 criteria of the IAEA's Milestones Approach.

“We appreciate Malaysia’s transparency and cooperation throughout the process of conducting this mission,” said Dohee Hahn, Director of the Division of Nuclear Power at the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “Strengthening government commitment and enhancing public awareness will help Malaysia in its decision on whether to embark on a nuclear power programme.”

Receiving the report, Minister Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said: “Malaysia will seriously take into account the INIR report by the IAEA towards making a knowledgeable national decision on the potential of nuclear power generation in the country in a timely and responsible manner.”

The mission report points out that while Malaysia has drafted a comprehensive Atomic Energy Bill, the finalisation and enactment of this law will be an important step for the next phase of the country’s nuclear power programme.

About INIR Missions:

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review missions enable IAEA Member State representatives to have in-depth discussions with international experts about conditions and best international practices in development of nuclear power programme. In developing its recommendations, the INIR team takes into account the comments made by the relevant national organizations. Implementation of any of the team's recommendations is at the discretion of the Member State requesting the mission. The results of the INIR mission are expected to assist the Member State to develop an action plan to fill any gaps, which in turn will help the development of the national nuclear infrastructure.