Indonesia may get its first nuclear power plant sometime between 2015-19, after the country’s nuclear power agency announced the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had given development approval in November 2009.

Indonesia has been researching locations for a nuclear power plant since the 1980s, and the IAEA said it now met requirements in four key catagories: human resources, stakeholders, industry and regulations. Indonesia should now enter the next concrete phase, which is building the plant itself, said Dr. Taswanda Taryo of the National Nuclear Power Agency (BATAN) on Wednesday.

Location, technology and licensing all still needed to be resolved, as was whether the station should be government or privately-owned. Locals may also need convincing that nuclear technology has become much safer in recent years. BATAN has narrowed its list of 70 potential locations down to four, including Ujung Bumi (Jepara), Banten, and Bangka Belitung.

Prof Mukhtasor PhD of the National Energy Council (DEN) said Indonesia would need to look for alternate sources of energy over the next decade as the population grows and fossil fuels become harder to source.

source & article: Antara