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Nuclear power station to be build by 2015 JAKARTA - Indonesia could build its first nuclear power station by 2015 to meet the energy needs of its growing population, the research and technology minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday. "We have to develop nuclear power," said M. Hatta Rajasa, state news agency Antara reported. "We have the ability to do so." Rajasa's ambitious plan comes at a time of serious security and economic problems for the the world's most populous Muslim nation.
It has pledged support for the US war on terror and is currently attempting to root out Islamist extremism in wake of the terrorist bombings on the island of Bali that killed almost 200 people on Oct 12. Its economy also remains weak and bereft of foreign investment after years of political turmoil, financial crisis, endemic corruption and communal violence.
Rajasa said the international community supported Indonesia's plan to have nuclear power. "Many other countries are held in suspicion, but we are not..." he said. Indonesia first raised the possibility of going nuclear in the early 1990s when the world's nuclear power industry was seeking new markets. Then President Suharto gave his approval to 12 plants along the north coast of earthquake-prone Java island - one of the world's most densely populated regions that is studded with active volcanoes.
The first would have come on line by 2003, but the plans were dropped in 1997 amid public opposition due to safety fears and economic and political upheaval that saw Suharto ousted a year later. According to the same report, National Nuclear Energy Board head Soedyartomo Soentono said the first nuclear plant would be built on the Muria Peninsula in central Java.
Soentono said construction would start by 2010 and the plant would be operational by 2015. Indonesia has more than 210 million people, around 70 percent of whom live on Java. Demand for electricity is expected to soar over the next decade in Indonesia. The country currently relies on coal powered generators and hydroelectric plants.



Posted in Nuclear power @ 07 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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