Expected to operate in 2020.
BALIKPAPAN 18/8 Page 20, –– PT Industri Nuklir Indonesia (Inuki) together with the Provincial Government of East Kalimantan and a number of related agencies will build a1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant (PLTN) in East Kalimantan. President of Inuki, Yudiutomo Imardjoko, said the first phase of 50-megawatt PLTN in Talisayan, Berau District, required US $ 100 million or around Rp 1.3 trillion. “For the initial phase, we will build a small plant as well as socialization to the community,” “said Imardjoko in Balikpapan, yesterday.
Talisayan PLTN is the result of cooperation between Inuki and Chinese investor, China General Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC), as well as related institutions such as the National Nuclear Energy Development Agency (Batan) and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten). Imardjoko said the analysis of the pre-feasibility study of the nuclear industry in East Kalimantan had been running since 2008. At the time, he said, the analysis concluded that Kalimantan Island was the most strategic location for having minimal potential for an earthquake and tsunami. “Moreover, fuel for PLTN is mostly found in Kalimantan, “he said.
Imardjoko said, PLTN technical feasibility study would continue next year. He expected, in 2017 they would start the construction of Talisayan PLTN and he also hoped the PLTN would operate in 2020. After the first phase of PLTN is completed, Inuki will continue the second phase project with the capacity of 1,000 MW worth US $ 2 billion (Rp 26 trillion). The PLTN is expected to meet the electricity needs throughout Kalimantan.
East Kalimantan Governor, Awang Faroek Ishak said, the PLTN could overcome the energy crisis in the region for over the next 50 years. Currently, he said, the existing power plants had been unable to meet the needs of 1,000 MW. In addition to the Talisayan Berau, said Ishak, there was another region suitable for building PLTN; East Kutai. “The two regions are located near the port for easy transport and coordination.”
In a public exposure in Jakarta, last Friday, Carl-Magnus Larsson, the chairman of The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS), said Indonesia was ready to manage PLTN. According to Larsson, it took need at least 10 years to build a PLTN and connect it to the net, an electrical connection of Java-Madura-Bali. “It should be prepared from now, “he said, as quoted by Antara.
In a 12-day visit in Indonesia, IRRS Mission did not have negative notes regarding supervision. IRRs Mission just gave some suggestions and recommendations on the importance of national policies and coordination between agencies. When asked about the number of rejection of PLTN project, Larsson stated that the obstacles could be overcome with an attitude and a clear political strategy. “The important thing is transparency,” he said.
Bapeten Head, Jazi Eko Istiyanto said it would be difficult to start building PLTN if it needed public approval of up to 100 percent. “Results of surveys conducted by independent institutions mentioned public acceptance had gone 72 percent, I think why we don’t go for it.” [Fery Firmansyah]