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The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources responds to Russia’s interest in nuclear development in Indonesia

Bogor, The Indonesia Post – Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif responded to the interest of Russian energy companies to develop the nuclear power industry or nuclear power plants in Indonesia.

According to him, the offer of bilateral cooperation in nuclear development is not only from Russia, but also from a number of countries.

“We will see which ones are competitive and reliable. The need for nuclear will only start in 2040 based on the energy roadmap that we have compiled,” said Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin when interviewed on the sidelines of the Joint Working Meeting of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Industry in Bogor, West Java, Monday.

Minister Arifin stated that Indonesia has the raw materials needed for the development of nuclear stun and future demand for clean electricity. He emphasized that electricity demand must be safe and nuclear technology must also be proven.

In the next 20 years, he continued, many countries will also apply and utilize nuclear technology and of course nuclear technology will be increasingly proven safe.

Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the interest of companies from his country to develop the nuclear stun industry in Indonesia after he met with President Joko Widodo.

Putin revealed that a Russian energy company called Rosatom State Corporation, which has experience, competence, and technology, is willing to be involved in a joint project to develop the nuclear energy industry in Indonesia.

In a separate place, Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Energy Economic Observer Fahmy Radhi assessed that Indonesia’s offer of cooperation in the development of the nuclear industry from Russia was worthy of acceptance.

“Based on Rosatom’s experience, competence and reliability of technology, Putin’s offer to develop nuclear power plants in Indonesia deserves to be accepted,” said Fahmy.

Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is a thermal power plant that uses a nuclear reactor with uranium as the main material to generate electricity. Nuclear power plants are clean energy that can complement the new renewable energy mix for power plants in Indonesia.

Fahmy explained that nuclear power plants can at the same time overcome the weakness of solar power plants (PLTS) and wind power plants (PLTB), which cannot supply electricity fully all the time, because they are intermittent, which depend on sunlight and wind gusts.

Before the cooperation between Indonesia and Russia is realized, the message is that the government, parliament, and the National Energy Council (DEN) must change the National Energy Policy (KEN) which has been placing nuclear energy as the last alternative.

“The KEN must be changed to make nuclear power plants a priority energy. In addition, the government needs to conduct a public campaign to increase public acceptance of the use of nuclear power plants,” concluded Fahmy. (mhn/bbs)

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