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Jakarta Post

Nuclear power remains uncharted territory for RI

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 10 2016   /  09:01 am

Indonesia is unlikely to resort to nuclear power to address its energy needs in the near future as the government itself is still undecided regarding the development and use of nuclear power.

Nuclear power is a touchy issue in Indonesia. The largest economy in Southeast Asia has delayed nuclear development for years. Given that the country sits across the Pacific Ring of Fire, safety concerns have dominated most discussions on nuclear power and have hampered development.

Besides safety concerns, a major obstacle that poses a challenge is the country’s own National Energy Policy (KEN) design. It vaguely stipulates that nuclear power development should only be a “last resort”, thus prolonging uncertainties that revolve around nuclear.

To solve the issue once and for all, the National Energy Council (DEN), a body comprising seven ministers and eight stakeholders,...