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Jakarta Post

RI unfazed by Japan nuclear crisis

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 15 2011   /  11:24 am

Concerns over a possible nuclear disaster in Japan should not deter Indonesia from its ambition to build a nuclear power plant in the future, an official at the country’s atomic agency said.  

Hudi Hastowo, head of the National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan), told The Jakarta Post that using nuclear energy was one of the best solutions to address the country’s power shortage issue. He played down the safety issue that anti-nuclear activists have been voicing, saying that it would be safe to have one.   “We should think 20 years ahead. What will we do then to fulfill the electricity demand?” he added.  Indonesia, located in the Ring of Fire and therefore prone to massive earthquakes that can trigger tsunamis, has been planning to build a nuclear power plant, although locals and environmental activists oppose the plan. The country experiences frequent elect...