Jamaica’s Government is reportedly seeking to incorporate nuclear power in the country’s energy mix in a bid to make ecofriendly options available to all Jamaicans.
A report by The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) quotes Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Daryl Vaz as saying:
“It is something that we believe that any country, like Jamaica, would have to think of for energy security, especially because it is [renewable]”.
Mr. Vaz said the Ministry and, by extension, the Government “recognise the importance of science to nation building”, adding that “it must become a way of life in Jamaica”.
Director General of the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS), Professor Charles Grant, welcomed the announcement, noting that newer and smaller nuclear reactors are safe for generating electricity.
“I am looking towards a bright future… having nuclear power here. Jamaica is a regional leader for nuclear technology and having a nuclear reactor here for the past 40 years that we have run safely and securely, is the foundation for this big step,” he added.
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