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Thailand's nuclear plans inch forward with new bill

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The current Thailand's national power plan forecasts two nuclear power plants will be meeting up to 5% of the country's electricity needs by 2036.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Advocates of nuclear energy in Thailand, like their counterparts around the world, were given pause when a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan five years ago triggered a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant -- the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Following the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, Thailand's power development plan, which maps out its future energy sources, was almost immediately revised, with the schedule for the country's first nuclear power plant to become operational pushed back from 2020 to 2023.

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