Australian news, and some related international items

A mixed blessing – the sudden departure of Australia’s nuclear high priest, Dr Adi Paterson

I am reminded of Hilaire Belloc’s advice to the young – ”Always keep a hold of Nurse, for fear of finding something worse”.

Among other sycophantic tributes, Dr Adi Paterson is lauded for encouraging women into the nuclear industry.

Adi Paterson spent several years in South Africa, trying to establish Small Nuclear Reactors. It turned out to be Tan expensive and useless exercise. Then he came to Australia, with the same dream. He quietly signed Australia up to the Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems, without any consultation, discussion in Parliament (which rubber-stamped this later).

He quietly organised Australia’s participation with China in developing small nuclear reactors.

He rubbished renewable energy at a solar conference.

He went to Kimba to do propaganda for the nuclear waste dump plan, but admitted that there was no economic benefit in  the low level waste dump, so the intermediate level waste was the real intention.

Leadership changes at ANSTO,   Statement from the ANSTO Chair: Dr Annabelle Bennett  9 Sep 20,  Dr Adi Paterson has resigned as CEO of ANSTO slightly ahead of time of his term. He has decided to take a period of leave before formally finishing. ……..

Mr Shaun Jenkinson will continue as acting CEO, while the Board undertakes a global search for a permanent CEO.

Adrian “Adi” Paterson is a South African scientist and engineer best known for his work on Pebble Bed modular reactor research and development. He was appointed CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in 2009

In 2006, he became General Manager of Business Development Operations at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company in South Africa, and held the position until December 2008. The Company downsized significantly following his departure. In 2010, Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan described the project in Parliament saying that “between 2005 and 2009, it became increasingly clear that, based on the direct-cycle electricity design, PBMR’s potential investor and customer market was severely restricted, and it was unable to acquire either [investors or customers].”

He emigrated to Australia in 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer at ANSTO in March 2009.


September 21, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, personal stories, politics

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