Start-Up of first commercial nuclear plant by 2025
(NucNet) Israel is proposing that its first commercial nuclear power plant start operations within the next 10 to 15 years, the country’s infrastructure minister told NucNet March 5th.
Uzi Landau, Israsel’s Infrastructure Minister, (right) who addressed the International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy in Paris, told NucNet that his country was ideally seeking Generation III+ nuclear technology. According to the interview, Israel will turn to France for this technology. [See prior coverage on this blog: Areva peers into the future of nuclear technology Feb 2, 2010.]
Mr Landau said that Israel would prefer to “go one step further” than Generation III technology, but a final decision could not be taken at this time.
Reuters reported that Landau had discussed with French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo the possibility of cooperating on building a nuclear plant, together with neighboring Jordan, his ministry said. The project would be overseen by France and use French technology. “The issue is of course when it would be suitable to start this project. We believe that in about 10 to 15 years from today, we would already like this power plant to be operational. Of course we would like to have the most advanced technology. We have the will, the know-how and the scientific and engineering infrastructure. We just want to build it.”
Solar now, nuclear later
Mr Landau told the Paris conference that Israel was “an energy island” that had to rely on imports to meet virtually all of its domestic energy needs.
“We are in fact in the final stages of a large tender for the construction of two big thermal solar-powered plants in the northern parts of the Negev (desert region). But even with the most ambitious solar energy plant, we will contribute just a fraction of our energy needs.
For the purpose of the diversification of resources and to ensure energy security and energy independence, Israel has always considered nuclear power to partially replace its dependence on coal.”