MOSCOW, 19 Sep — PRIME. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has announced plans to build the country’s first nuclear power plant by 2040, CNBC reported on Monday.
Director General of the Renewable Energy Department of the Ministry Dadan Kusdiana announced that his department has developed a roadmap for the nuclear power plant project.
“By 2040, we really intend to complete the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Indonesia. We have not yet decided on the final capacity of the future plant,” Dadan told CNBC during an energy forum on Monday.
According to CNBC, the construction of the nuclear power plant is a long-term project. At the same time, the construction of small nuclear power plants on the islands of Indonesia is being discussed. The “small” include stations with electric power from 10 to 300 MW. The advantages of small NPPs are considered by experts to be low cost and high speed of construction.
Prospects for the development of nuclear energy in Indonesia are now being actively discussed. Earlier, the country’s government announced the complete abandonment of steam and coal thermal power plants. Despite the support of the world community for the clean energy transition initiative, Indonesia has not yet been able to secure foreign investment for the project. At the same time, public tension is growing in the country against the backdrop of a massive fuel crisis.