pacific forum History of Pacific Forum

Issues & Insights Vol. 23, SR7 – Southeast Asia’s Clean Energy Transition: A Role for Nuclear Power?

  • Elrika Hamdi

    Energy Finance Analyst at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (EEFA)

  • Sabar Md. Hashim

    Special Officer in the Energy Division of the Ministry of Economy of Malaysia

  • Shwe Yee Oo

    Non-Proliferation Fellow at Pacific Forum

  • Julius Cesar Trajano

    Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

  • Denise Cheong

    Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the Nuclear Law and Policy at the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (NUS

  • Victor Nian

    CEO and Co-founder of the Centre for Strategic Energy and Resources

  • Doonyapong Wongsawaeng

    Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

  • Nguyen Nhi Dien

    Senior Researcher in Nuclear Engineering

Written By

  • David Santoro President
  • Carl W. Baker Executive Director


Southeast Asia’s Clean Energy Transition

About the Volume

To bring clarity on these developments and their implications in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Forum commissioned several Southeast Asian scholars to write analytical papers on the energy transition that is underway in the region, which are compiled in this volume. Each chapter looks at the current and possible future energy landscape of a specific Southeast Asian country and focuses especially on the place and role of nuclear power in it. This “nuclear focus” is important because, for decades, most Southeast Asian countries have expressed on-and-off interest in nuclear power but never brought it online. Interest is now picking up again, especially for SMRs, so if this time one or several Southeast Asian countries successfully went nuclear, it would be a first.

It is good timing, therefore, to devote attention to how Southeast Asian countries are thinking about nuclear power in today’s context, for multiple reasons, including those related to safety, security, and safeguards.

Download the full volume here.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary | Carl Baker

Chapter 1 | Indonesia Power Sector | Elrika Hamdi

Chapter 2 | Malaysia Energy Landscape and Requirements 2022-2050 | Sabar Hashim

Chapter 3 | Myanmar’s Energy Landscape | Shwe Yee Oo

Chapter 4 | Re-Energizing the Philippines’ Nuclear Power Program: Opportunities and Challenges | Julius Cesar Trajanao

Chapter 5 | Singapore’s Energy Journey: Net-Zeo, New Perspectives, & Nuclear? | Denise Cheong & Victor Nian

Chapter 6 | Thailand’s Energy Landscape and the Potential Role and Place of Nuclear Technology | oongnyapong Wongsawaeng

Chapter 7 | Energy Landscape and Requirements of Vietnam | Nguyen Nhi Dien