Nuclear power will stay in energy mix: minister

Nuclear power will stay in energy mix: minister


Nuclear power will continue to play an important part in the energy mix for some countries, Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has said.

Recent problems with the Fukushima power plant in Japan, following the recent earthquake and tsunami, had prompted a re-assessment of the nuclear industry, Mr Ferguson acknowledged.

Safety remained the number one priority and the government welcomed the reviews prompted by the nuclear crisis, he said.

However, the minister said he did not agree with some comments that the incidents at Fukushima spelt the end of nuclear power and the end of uranium mining.

“There will, undoubtedly, be some changes in potential energy generation mixes globally,” Mr Ferguson told the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy dinner in Adelaide last night.

“But for some countries, nuclear will remain an important part of the energy mix,” he added.

“In 2008, nuclear power accounted for 5.8 per cent of total global energy supply.

“It powers the homes and businesses for millions of people, and it will continue to do so because it goes to the question of energy security.”

Mr Ferguson also re-affirmed the government’s resolve to introduce a price on carbon, at the same time throwing an olive branch to the South Australian  steel sector which is concerned over potential job losses.

“We have made clear our commitment to provide assistance to trade-exposed, emissions-intensive industries, including steel, to support jobs and maintain competitiveness,” the minister said.

“Clearly, as with the debate around the mining tax, the challenge now is to work through the detail and continue to consult as we move towards an appropriate outcome.”



  1. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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  2. Really clever, that nuclear power. Thank God Australia is in the southern hemisphere, or we would be getting deadly radiation over us like America is, right now. It’s inexusable madness to continue the endorsement of this in the faces of Chernobyl, which according to the UN has now killed over 1 million people, followed by Fukushima, which is patently a lot worse a disaster.. what will be the toll there.

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