Sri Lanka Eyes Nuclear Power?
By Dinuk Samarasinghe
“We are highly keen on seeing the possibilities of venturing into nuclear and space technologies in partnership with foreign expertise,” a high-ranking town and spatial planner involved in the project, told The Sunday Leader.
In the event, authorities plan to harness nuclear energy necessary approvals would have to be obtained from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). However in the event Sri Lanka wishes to build a nuclear power plant, it would have to be built outside the Megapolis (away from densely populated areas) and the whole process would take around nearly 20 to 25 years, he opined. “That’s why we want to start now. We want to plan ahead and want to get the policymakers to see the value,” he added. Under the Western Region Megapolis Project Masterplan the government hopes to build a Science and Technology City on the Malabe-Homagama corridor. It is expected to generate approximately 36,600 employment opportunities, with a significant proportion of them being highly specialised professional positions of engineers, technologists, and scientists.