Indonesia government has approved the construction of a 200 kilowatt nuclear power plant to meet the rising energy demand. Plans for an atomic program were mostly shelved in 1997 due to the discovery of the Natuna gas field, but have been revived since 2005.
The nuclear plans of Indonesia have met with criticism from Greenpeace and other groups and individuals. In June 2007, nearly 4,000 protesters rallied in Indonesia’s Central Java, calling on the Government to abandon plans to build a nuclear power plant on the outskirts of their city.
Specific concerns included the dangers posed by nuclear waste, and the location of the country on the Pacific Ring of Fire, with much geological activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which could make it dangerous to have nuclear reactors there.
Although there are nuclear crisis in Japan, Indonesia is unlikely to halt its plan of building its first nuclear power plant due to electricity crisis. Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulation Agency (BAPETEN) has confirmed that seven nuclear supervisors were on IAEA missions in several countries, including one in Tokyo, Japan, so Indonesia are ready to operate nuclear power plants as soon as those facilities are built.
For research purposes, experimental nuclear reactors have already been built in Indonesia:
- Yogyakarta, Central Java. This is the Kartini nuclear research reactor.
- Serpong (Banten).This is the MPR RSG-GA Siwabessy research reactor.
- Bandung, West Java. This is the Triga Mark II nuclear research reactor.
Dahlan said the nuclear power plant in Indonesia had stirred up a lot of controversy, but it could proceed, citing that the latest radiation leak at Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima had not claimed any lives.
Source: Jakarta Post
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