The Jakarta Post
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has recommended the construction of a nuclear power plant in Indonesia by 2024, an official says.
The head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Djarot S. Wisnubroto, said that the government had launched a 'Go Nuclear' program this year in a bid to meet the target.
'Normally, it takes seven to 10 years to build a nuclear power plant,' Djarot said, as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday.
Djarot said that building a nuclear power plant took time to ensure the security of the plant.
He said that it would take three years for BATAN to survey and decide on a site for the construction of the nuclear power plant. In addition, the agency must also ensure the earthquake track record of the plant's site for up to 1,000 years ahead, he added.
"So we will not play the game with security. If the plan for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Bangka Belitung is approved, it will be able to supply 5,000 megawatts of electricity," he said. (ika)
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