Local man's nuclear ambitions

BIG PLANS: Local resident Terry Krieg will use his knowledge on nuclear power to make a submission to the state government's royal commission. He hopes to see the Eyre Peninsula embrace a nuclear industry.
BIG PLANS: Local resident Terry Krieg will use his knowledge on nuclear power to make a submission to the state government's royal commission. He hopes to see the Eyre Peninsula embrace a nuclear industry.

PORT Lincoln resident and nuclear power advocate Terry Krieg is in the final stages of preparing a submission to the state government's royal commission.

After dedicating the last 17 years of his life to nuclear energy research, Mr Krieg said he was confident he could compete with the country's best nuclear minds.

"I'm ready to share what I know and make a contribution to help get South Australia off the bottom of the nation's economic ladder."

The state government last week announced the royal commission had finalised its terms of reference and would start accepting submissions for a nuclear industry in South Australia.

A former candidate for the Labor party, Mr Krieg said he wanted to help educate local residents and dispel various myths.

"A lot of people still think nuclear is too dirty, too slow, too costly," he said.

"I'm appealing to people to open their minds and give nuclear power the support it deserves.

"People need to understand that this isn't something that will be taken lightly, this is a 25-year plan."

Mr Krieg expected the Eyre Peninsula's natural uranium storages to play a large role if the state government proceeded with the nuclear industry.

Mr Krieg said his plan, outlined in his submission, would also see considerable job opportunities in Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta.

However, he does not expect the region's involvement to stop there, with further plans for Ceduna to provide a pipeline to Olympic Dam.

"Olympic Dam generates enough energy to power the entire world for the rest of time," he said.

"Eventually, they are going to need added water for the desalination plant and Ceduna is in a great position to do that."

The royal commission plans to submit its final report to the governor within the next 10 months.

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