Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mauritius To Get Own Fukushima

That's an intriguing possibility when you have a look at the Integrated Electricity Plan for the next 10 years published by the CEB. Stop at the second paragraph of page seven to read that "as implausible as it may appear, nuclear technology is a generation option".

I'm sorry but it's not an option for us because there are way too many idiots walking around in Mauritius. Besides we won't even need a tsunami to trigger our own nuclear disaster: we can count on a few centimetres of rain, can't we?

Not a bad idea to get inspired by Germany which less than ninety days after Fukushima had announced that they would be phasing out nuclear power within ten years.

19 comments:

akagugo said...

Si zott ferr sa, bizin dimann enn pioss-lapel allowance pou nou fouiy nou prop tom kouma Zaponé.

Saki plis komik (pou pa dir ott-soz) la-dan, sé ki l'Eta-Moris inn sign/ratifié plizierr protocol pou préserv l'anvironnman, ek sa paragraf ki pé ouverr option nikléerr-la pé krass dan figir tou sa-bann dimounn ki'nn travaiy dirr pou amenn inpé coéranss dan nou stratézi l'énerzi ek anvironnmantal.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Wai. Pu bizin uver tender lapel si zot desid pu manz lot zafer ki manze... ek al dan sa direksyon la.

Pu bizin pran lapel la ler voyaz dan sa bann bis korbiyar la usi, non?

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Fukushima mon amour?

akagugo said...

Some common sense from super-Manraj. Now, la question se pose: why is CEB so bent in killing MID? A qui profite le crime?
Definitely, Manou's idea of rekindling the Planning Office is most relevant these days...

akagugo said...

Even England is regretting its own short-sighted of management radioactive waste...

Now think of France and 75% of its population living within fall-out range...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Better late than never. Kind of hard to beat Germans in understanding what had happened in Fukushima, devise a plan with a timeline and implement it.

When I read your comment about that fallout range I remembered the link you shared about it once. So I went to dig it up.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Meet the Energiewende or energy revolution which will cost a trillion euros. Some are complaining that electricity costs have risen quite a bit -- like BASF which uses more electricity at its largest domestic plant than Danemark (pfew!) -- but Merkel saying the price will go down and they will get a lot of exports from this move. Besides you're not a very competitive when you end up with a massive nuclear disaster on your hands.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Have a look at where India has built its latest nuclear plant 10 years after the 2004 tsunami. Free subscription needed.

akagugo said...

France is waking up to this terrible news: 55% of their 58 reactors could be defective...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Tsunami in Christchurh, NZ.

akagugo said...

Let's see how New Zealanders will react to this. We may not be anywhere near the ring of fire, but we will suffer from the side-effects. This should prompt our authorities to save future lives now: by fixing a 1km safety zone from the shoreline that should be free from dwellings so that in any emergency, people happening to be near the coast can flee quickly. But...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

It is interesting to hear sirens and what seems to be public loudspeakers in the clip. 1 km safety zone or construction of only basic structures. This should be weighed by the likelihood of tsunamis hitting our shores. Well according to a BBC horizon episode there are also mega tsunamis and the last one happened 4,000 years ago. Where?

In Reunion island. Probably a chunk of La Fournaise fell into the ocean. Some people have said that there are interesting clues in the area adjacent to Maconde. Btw, it makes a lot of sense to always have a camera on the rock of Maconde so that we can capture the big one whenever this happens.

I think our main problem will be the lack of flow if a tsunami hits us. We've seen what 15 centimetres of rain can do. Imagine what 15 metres will do. We learn way too slow. Or is it that we don't learn at all?

Not enough people seemed to have synthesised the profound wisdom displayed by the Andamanese.

akagugo said...

A tsunami wave is invisible beacuse as long as it's in deep waters (remember, there are no reefs in the South), it's height is negligible (the swell can only be detected by special buoys, as proposed by the SIDS conference), and the withdrawal of waters near the shoreline just before the strike gives a too short notice, rendering a camera off Macondé quite limited.
But you make a nice point about a chunk of La Fournaise being ripped and thrown into the water: this has been linked with the presence of corals and sand at about 20m altitude along the cliffs of GRNW and the road cuttings leading up from GRNW to Pailles.
In any case, look at what 75% of France should get ready to build in the not-so-far future if one of their power station fails...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Saw a clip of the new room for Tchernobyl a little while ago. Will have a comment or a post on a related topic soon.

Well, a mega tsunami is not our ordinary tsunami. So we wouldn't want to miss that :)

akagugo said...

Solar roads, anyone?
By the way, without any rocket science, our geographical location dictates that we have much more sunlight per day per square metre than France - so why wait? Copy, Dodoland, copy!

akagugo said...

France is starting to take concrete action in the face of an anticipated decrease in demand for nuclear power.
Until they phase out the minimum number out, hopefully they won't need the gigantic works required to confine Tchernobyl's reactor No.4.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

It's about time. So Germany takes less than 90 days to have a plan to phase out nuclear energy by 2023 because of Fukushima while France which I think is at a greater risk will only be at 50% nuclear by 2025 because of lower demand. These are quite different cultures.

akagugo said...

Mr Collendaveloo would be well advised to use the money saved from Ms Sumputh's resignation to go and have a first-hand look at the German experience...
While we are delaying a long-overdue ban on diesel...

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

Definitely, I just checked on MK's website: a return business ticket to Frankfurt from Sunday May 28 to Sunday May 11 costs Rs149k. So he can have almost Rs200k of pocket money for his study tour there.