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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Companies discuss nuclear power


11 November 2008
DOHA: Nuclear power as an alternative energy source has been the subject of preliminary investigation that Qatar PetroleumQatar PetroleumQatar Petroleum
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along with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa)Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) conducted recently.

Engineer Yousuf Janahi, Manager of Corporate Planning and Business Development told reporters yesterday the findings of the investigation show that with gas prices shooting up nuclear power has become economically viable. Talking about the economic aspect of nuclear power Janahi said; "Nuclear power is more sustainable than gas, because it has longer life. The strategic reserve of gas itself needs to be revisited. Nuclear is one of the alternative sources with the bulk supply considered relatively more competitive. But gas is still more competitive at prices that are sold to our power sector."

Asked whether Qatar needs a nuclear power plant given the abundant gas reserve available, he said it makes sense from the economic point of view since gas can be sold at maximum value. "Even if you have abundant gas you don't want to waste it," he said. He also said as per the findings of the investigation, a consultant to study the aspects in which doubts still remain will be engaged with regards to technical issues where further study and then investigation is required.Janahi presented a paper entitled "Qatar experience in investigating nuclear power as an alternative energy source" at the MENA Nuclear Energy Forum.

His paper dealt with the investigation approach as well as the technical and economic findings in addition to safety and regulatory aspects.

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