KUWAIT, April 23 (KUNA) -- Director General of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi said on Tuesday Kuwait was far from the seismic line, but voiced concern over inescapable effects of a possible Iranian Bushehr reactor problem.
Addressing a symposium on the sidelines of Kuwait Energy and Community Forum,, Al-Mutairi said: "Should the Iranian reactor be subject to a problem, the Gulf water will be polluted and will take between three and five years to refresh." On Kuwait's preparations for potential radioactive risks by the Iranian Bushehr reactor, he said Kuwait has an efficient monitoring network that can monitor any radioactive leak.
This network is linked to Europe and 80 world radiation monitoring stations, he said, adding that Kuwait has nine seismic plants which are connected with world monitoring centers.
Kuwait has water reserves enough for 90-120 days and is seeking to establish underground silos to keep water for over a year, he said.
On renewable energy, the Kuwaiti official said his country is entering the renewably energy world by launching a solar and wind energy station.
Kuwait's current production hits 12,000 megawatts, but will need 22,000 megawatts by 2020 and that's why alternatives should be found, Al-Mutairi pointed out.
Fifty-five percent of energy goes to power and desalination stations while 25 percent goes to the oil sector, he added.
Seventy percent of domestic energy is used for air-conditioners and cooling, the Director General of KISR said.
For her part, former minister of education and higher education Moudhi Al-Humoud said Kuwait needs a more dynamic partnership model between oil and research sectors.
She added that the oil sector's support for research centers in universities and institutes would be eventually in the interest of the oil sector. (end) asj.jn.mt KUNA 232226 Apr 13NNNN