Khamis, Jun 30, 2011


Lynas boss denies NYT report on ‘short cuts’ in Gebeng plant

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Lynas Corp executive chairman Nicholas Curtis rubbished an article published today alleging grave construction flaws in the Australian firm’s rare earth refinery in Pahang.

The flaws could cause radioactive contamination and risk the health and safety of thousands working and living there.

In a report headlined “The Fear of a Toxic Rerun” by Keith Bradsher, the New York Times highlighted environmentally hazardous construction and design problems, including trapped moisture in humid Malaysia that could potentially affect the RM700 million Lynas rare earths plant being built to challenge China’s stranglehold in the key rare earths industry.

Asked if he was denying outright the NYT report, Curtis immediately answered with an emphatic “Yes!”

“There is no truth at all to the report. There are technical queries in the normal course of a large scale operation that engineers need to debate,” he told the news conference.

“All engineers that are involved in this operation are now completely comfortable with the technical solutions that have been put forward for all the pieces of the plant that are mentioned,” he added.

The NYT cited internal memos and current and former engineers on the project to back its allegation.

“The problems they detail include structural cracks, air pockets and leaks in many of the concrete shells for 70 containment tanks, some of which are larger than double-decker buses,” the paper said.


IAEA Says Lynas Project Safe

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded that the Lynas Corporation Ltd's rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang, is safe.

However, the Australian company must undertake improvements in various technical areas before it can proceed to the next stage of operations, it said.

12 ulasan:

  1. Harap kerajaan akan membuat pertimbangan lagi tentang perkara ini.

  2. penelitian amat penting dilakukan terlebih dahulu...

  3. banyak pekara perlu dipertimbangkan. namuan kepertingan semua terutamanya rakyat perlu diutamakan.

  4. hal ini perlu diteliti semula.

  5. Laporan terperinci perlu dibuat dan dijelaskan kepada rakyat. Ini kerana jika terdapat impak buruk daripada Lynas, ancamannya adalah dalam skala yang besar.

  6. Whatever need to review carefully about this problem. We don't want the mistake on this plant. Big effect of this mistake.

  7. Harap Lynas dan kerajaan tidak memikirkan kuntungan semata-mata. Kepentingan rakyat harus diutamakan.

  8. isu Lynas berkaitan dengan aspek keselamatan dan kesihatan. projek ini harus diberikan perhatian serius.

  9. Perlu ada tindakan untuk memastikan keselamatan setempat terjamin.

  10. Harap hal ini diberi perhatian serius. Sebelum memutuskan sebarang keputusan, pastikan kepentingan rakyat diutamakan.

  11. Apapun, kita tunggu dan lihat sajalah nanti. Harap semuanya OK.

  12. mana satu yang betul ni? laporan NYT atau IAEA??