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Jakarta Post

President says nuclear power plant not a priority

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Sat, June 19 2010   /  11:58 am

Despite the country's heavy dependence on fossil fuel, the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in no hurry to construct a nuclear power generator. Yudhoyono said Friday there was no definitive plan to set up such a power plant under his administration although there was a discussion for setting one up on the coast of Jepara in Central Java. "Maybe the next administration will consider such a plan should there be an urgent need for an alternative energy source," he said. Yudhoyono reiterated that construction of a nuclear power plant would require meticulous planning as any mistake would have devastating consequences. "Looking at alternatives to fossil fuels, the administration would focus more on developing power plants fueled by geothermal energy, wind, solar and biofuels," he said. The administration of Megawati Soekarnoputri in early 2004 h...