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Jakarta Post

Batan to survey nuclear power plant sites

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 31 2011   /  08:00 am

The National Atomic Power Agency (Batan) says it would continue to search for suitable sites for a nuclear power plant and uranium sources despite growing objections by the public and NGOs.

Batan head Hudi Hastowo said Bangka Belitung was targeted as possible new site for a planned nuclear power plant and that the agency would start to survey the location this year.

The site was considered the most stable and ideal for its geological stability and its proximity to the country’s biggest electricity consuming regions: Sumatra and Java.

“Also, the locals are more receptive [to hosting a nuclear power plant] compared to other regions,” Hudi said in Bandung on Monday after meeting West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan to speak about uranium extraction in a mining site in eastern West Java.

He added that the search for sources of uranium would be expanded to Papua...