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Development of nuclear power in Indonesia: Stop or go?

  • Hanan Nugroho

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 5 2010   /  09:17 am

Indonesia has made great efforts to prepare capacity to develop nuclear power plant.  A National Committee for the Investigation of Radioactivity was established in 1954. In 1957, Indonesia became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The first nuclear reactor (TRIGA Mark II) started operating in Bandung in 1965, followed by the construction of the Yogyakarta Nuclear Complex (1968). Other nuclear research facilities were built: Pasar Jumat (1966), Serpong (Siwabessy Multipurpose Research Reactor: 30 MW; established in 1992) and the Uranium Mining Exploration Research Unit was built in West Kalimantan.A study on the introduction of nuclear power, supported by the Government of Italy, was conducted in 1978.  The study was updated in the mid 1980s with help from the IAEA, US, France and Italy.In 1989, the Indonesian Energy Coordinating Board (BAKOREN) decided ...