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IAEA considers Indonesia ready to develop nuclear energy

28th July 2010 | 980 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) considers Indonesia ready to develop nuclear energy, according to a BATAN official.

"The statement was issued last November 2009," said Dr Taswanda Taryo, deputy head in charge of research and development result empowerment unit of the National Nuclear Power Agency (BATAN), at the Surabaya Institute of Technology (ITS) here, Wednesday.

Dr. Taryo gave the information when speaking in a seminar on "Technology and Safety of Nuclear Power Project". Other speakers included Prof. Mukhtasor PhD from the National Energy Council (DEN) and Ian Love from the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).

The IAEA`s appraisal covered four readiness aspects, namely human resources, stakeholders, industry and regulations, he said.

"It`s because we have carried out a series of researches since 1980an," he added.
Following the appraisal, Indonesia should enter the next concrete phase, namely the nuclear power project itself, he said.

"The Law No. 17/2007 has mandated the use of nuclear energy in Indonesia by 2015-2019, so at the latest we should have a nuclear power project by 2019," he said.

Therefore, BATAN has formed a BATAN Incorporation which involves stakeholders such as BATAN, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, the Research and Technology Ministry, LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), state Power Utility (PLN), the Environmental Affairs Ministry, and the Industry Ministry.

They will decided the technicalities such as the industry as owner, technology, location, and licensing, he said.

The ownership will be established in 2011, but the form is not yet decided, whether it will be a state owned company or a totally private one.

"For sure, we have researched on the location since 1980an. The conclusion that it should be in the northern Javanese coastal area to avoid the Earth`s plaque," he said.

BATAN has surveyed 70 locations, and selected into 14 locations, and now just four including Ujung Bumi (Jepara), Banten, and Bangka Belitung.

Prof Mukhtasor PhD, a member of the National Energy Council (DEN), said his agency has hold dialogs with those who are for or against the planned nuclear power project.

Those who are against it, always ask about the safety, he said, adding that he has explained that the nuclear technology is now very different from those used in Chernobyl.

Indonesia will have no longer coal by 2020, while the increasing number of the country`s population will need all kinds of energy from marine, solar, geothermal until nuclear, according to the professor. (*)