Construction of a 30 MW nuclear power plant in Indonesia is expected to begin in two years from now.
Head of the country’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN),Djarot S. Wisnusubroto, was cited as saying by Antara News. “It will be impossible for us to begin construction of a nuclear power plant next year because of the legislative and presidential elections. Most likely, it will begin in 2015,” Djarot said.
A feasibility study of two locations in Bangka Belitung, namely South Bangka Belitung and West Bangka Belitung, showed that both the sites were suitable for the construction of a nuclear power plant. The survey findings also recommended the construction of 10 plants with a total capacity of 10,000 MW in the two regions, which would meet 40 percent of the electricity requirements in Sumatra, Java and Bali
“We have not decided where the plants will be constructed. The government will decide that. BATAN has been successful in developing nuclear energy. Over the past 30 years, we have developed nuclear reactors in Serpong and maintained them safely,” Djarot added. BATAN also plans to build a non-commercial nuclear power plant in the vicinity of the Technology and Science Research Center in Serpong in 2015.
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