Jakarta – Minister for Research and Technology/Chairman of National Agency for Research and Innovation Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that sooner or later Indonesia will be building Nuclear Power Plants because Indonesia currently are developing many industries requiring high electricity consumption, including smelters used in the metal refining industries.
“Basically smelters will need large scale of electricity, but the price can’t be high because then the smelters can’t afford to work. The price should be relatively affordable. Here comes the nuclear power, to answer the electricity demands with economical cost,” said Minister Bambang when delivering his speech on the “One-Day Seminar of Nuclear Power Plant, A Necessity” in the Faculty of Maths and Science, University of Indonesia, Depok, on Wednesday (13/11).
Minister Bambang stated that there are still some people who don’t believe Indonesia has mastered the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, run the nuclear technology operational, and kept the nuclear reactors for the research and development. It is safe to say that Indonesia has been ready to have Nuclear Power Plants.
“However, common people act or react based on their perception, not necessarily understanding the real condition. Perhaps they’ve never seen how the nuclear reactor condition for research and development owned by BATAN (National Nuclear Energy Agency) looks like,” said him.
Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that Indonesia already has three nuclear reactors for research and development purposes, which are still active and never had any accident because of the extremely tight security, not only controlled by the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), but also directly monitored by the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency of Indonesia (BAPETEN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). All three reactors are located in Serpong (South Tangerang), Bandung, and Yogyakarta.
“To enter the reactor, the security system is extremely tight, following the procedures like any other reactor in the whole world. This proves Indonesia is ready to build Nuclear Power Plants in the near future, to answer the energy demands in Indonesia,” said Minister Bambang.
Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency for Research and Innovation mandates BATAN and BAPETEN to do more intensive socializations and educate people on the benefits of nuclear and the security, so people will not be driven by the negative perspectives and hoax about Nuclear Power Plants. Although based on a survey conducted shows that people’s acceptance of nuclear energy is getting better each year, it still needs more improvement until the cons level is below ten percent.
“The more important thing is that BATAN and BAPETEN should do continuous socialization to common people and the ones who still reject or anti nuclear power. Sometimes it happens because the high level of misinformation, because the incomplete or even wrong information, so it mislead them and create the wrong opinion,” said him.
Minister Bambang stated that the industrial countries have already utilize nuclear power ad one of their alternative resource of electricity. Indonesia could exchange security standards, competencies, and technology with those countries, and one of them is through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whereas Indonesia is one of the members.
“China has already directed to nuclear utilization. So has France. Japan also utilize nuclear technology even with the Fukushima controversy happened. South Korea already has 23 Nuclear Power Plants,” said Minister Bambang. Indonesia plans to utilize Nuclear Power Plants as one of the alternatives to produce energy resources in the future.
Also attending the event was the Dean of the Faculty of Maths and Science, University of Indonesia Abdul Haris, the Head of the University of Indonesia’s Alumni Association (ILUNI UI) for the Faculty of Maths and Science Pamela Cardinale, along with the professors, lecturers, and students from the University of Indonesia.
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