A controversial energy plan for Southeast Asia covering nuclear power plants and clean coal promotion will be tabled for endorsement by energy ministers meeting in Mandalay, July 27-30, 2009.
Thai Energy Minister, Wannarat Channukul, said yesterday that Thailand, as current chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, had finished the drafting of the Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation 2010-2015, intended be proposed at the 27th Asean Energy Ministers Meeting in Mandalay, Burma.
The five-year plan will cover cooperation among Asean countries in seven fields, including the installation of an Asean power grids, Trans-Asean gas pipeline, clean coal technology, energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, regional energy policy and planning and nuclear energy. Representatives from China, Japan and South Korea will also attend the meeting and will discuss a draft on an oil stockpiling roadmap.
However, according to observers, there are still many skeptical points on the purposed plan. For example, there remain many unanswered questions about the dangers and negative impacts of nuclear power in the region and climate change concern that comes with the promotion of coal and gas.