THE Westinghouse Electric Company, a manufacturer of nuclear power stations, has had talks with the Federal Government on "near-term opportunities".
The company also revealed it has been approached by Australian groups looking to establish nuclear power facilities.
"Westinghouse recently visited Australia to discuss near-term opportunities with the Government and regulatory authorities.
"We have also had inquiries from individuals and/or groups within Australia pursuing the establishment and development of commercial nuclear power plants for electricity generation.
UPDATE : 15-03-2007
The Herald Sun has provided some detail on discussions between ANSTO and General Electric.
ANSTO's corporate communications manager, Craig Pearce, said GE " did visit ANSTO last year and made a presentation on their technology.
"We initiated contact with a number of suppliers of nuclear technology including General Electric and General Atomics."
Opponents of nuclear power generation have cited emerging carbon capture technologies as likely to enhance the viability of coal-fired stations in coming decades.
However, Dr Switkowski believes that nuclear power would still be viable because of the costs associated with capturing coal emissions.
"Just about any attempt to clean up coal will not compromise the case for nuclear," he said.