Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Indonesia is going nuke!

Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said on Tuesday (Dec. 13) that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Indonesian state-run electric company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) on the construction of the Southeast Asian country's first nuclear power plant.
Under the MOU, KEPCO plans to devise an overall plan for one year for the construction of the plant jointly with the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. and PLN. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power operates nuclear power plants in four areas in South Korea.
Details on the planned construction of the plant, including its venue and costs, were not immediately known.
“We hope to introduce our OPR-1000 class reactor in Indonesia,” KEPCO's spokesperson Park Yong-Seong said. KEPCO has developed the OPR 1000 class reactor, which refers to an optimized power reactor with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts. KEPCO, the nation's power monopoly, had been building two light water reactors in North Korea until construction was suspended in 2004.
Would it be so soon for Indonesia to have nuclear power plant?
I remember few months ago when State Minister for Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman said the government would develop nuclear technology by 2017 for various peaceful purposes, including power generation.
"The energy policy strategy is focused on the plan to develop a nuclear power plant by 2017," Kusmayanto was quoted in May.
The plan, which did not specify a possible location for the plant, required a more detailed assessment, the minister said after opening a maritime industry exhibition in the East Java capital of Surabaya.
When asked about the dangers of nuclear power, the official said any technology could pose dangers, which was why serious study and preparation were required. "Even coal-fired power plants have the potential to explode," he said.
"About the location, the possibilities include Madura (East Java) or Muria (Central Java), but if these proposals are turned down it will be no problem to move to earthquake-free Kalimantan," he said.
Atomic and Nuclear Energy Agency said in April that the Muria peninsula on Central Java province's north-east coast, was chosen for its tectonic and volcanic stability - a major concern in a country that sees regular eruptions and earthquakes.
The project will be tendered in 2008, for start of construction in 2010 and production in 2016. The project, which was shelved in 1997 due to mounting public opposition and the discovery and exploitation of the large Natuna gas field, involves the construction of four plants, each with a 1,000 megawatt capacity.
Under the original plans, 12 nuclear power plants were slated for the northern coast of Java, with a total capacity of 7,000 megawatts.

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Blogger Indi said...

this is quite worrisome. if PLN cannot even manage power distribution effectively, how can we trust them to manage a nuclear plant?

let's focus on windpower generators as well as solar ones.

December 15, 2005 1:59 PM  

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