ASIATODAY.ID, DUBAI – PT PLN Nusantara Power agreed to a cooperation agreement with Korean Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd to conduct a feasibility study on developing nuclear power plants and small modular reactors with new technology in Indonesia on December 1 2023 in Dubai.
President Director of PLN Nusantara Power, Ruly Firmansyah, explained that after 2030, nuclear energy will be one of the best options to replace coal-fired steam power plants.
For this reason, PLN Nusantara Power is trying to achieve this by building long-term partnerships and strategies with South Korea in developing clean energy.
“We will carry out a feasibility study for a nuclear power plant project in Indonesia by adapting the small modular reactor technology that has been carried out by South Korea,” he said, quoted on Tuesday, December 5 2023.
For your information, cleaner and more environmentally friendly energy in the future will be increasingly needed, including nuclear power, which is now increasingly attractive to Indonesia considering that nuclear can become the electricity backbone in the future. The development of nuclear power is currently considered very prominent, it is safer, smaller and modular so it has an important role in the electricity generation landscape in Indonesia.
President of Korean Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd, Joo Hwang explained that his company is the only nuclear power plant company in South Korea and has comprehensive competence and expertise regarding the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants.
“This includes operator training and qualification programs, handling nuclear fuel and materials, and licensing nuclear power plants,” he added.
Need International Cooperation
Meanwhile, Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Laksana Tri Handoko said that there is a need for international cooperation to build a Nuclear Power Plant in Indonesia.
Handoko said that Indonesia would not develop nuclear energy instantly by purchasing one type of nuclear generator, but rather through collaboration with global partners based on joint development and joint cooperation.
“To realize and provide concrete support for the future development of nuclear plants in Indonesia, there is no other way except through international cooperation and collaboration,” he said at the GA Siwabessy Memorial Lecture in Jakarta.
According to him, this is also driven by Indonesia’s lack of flying hours in realizing the use of nuclear as a source of electricity generation, even though nuclear has been widely used in other fields.
“Because we don’t have that experience, we don’t have the knowledge, we don’t have the experience,” he continued.
He gave an example regarding the construction of a nuclear plant in China, which took up to 40 years to operate optimally.
“They have been developing it for almost 40 years, and it is only now operational, with such great support,” said Handoko.
It is said that Indonesia does not need to repeat the same process for up to 40 years to be able to have a nuclear plant.
“That is why international cooperation is key, especially in terms of experimental research,” he added. (AT Network)
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