ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – The Indonesian government is increasingly serious about developing nuclear energy.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia plans to commercialize the development of nuclear power for electricity generation starting in 2032.
The Director General of Electricity at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jisman Hutajulu, said that this was done to improve the electric power system in Indonesia.
“Nuclear power development is planned to become commercial in 2032 to increase the reliability of the electric power system,” said Jisman at the Hearing Forum with Commission VII DPR in Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday (15/11/2023).
Jisman revealed that the capacity for nuclear power plants will be increased to 9 gigawatts (Gw) in 2060. Apart from that, Jisman said that Hydro Pump Storage will operate no later than 2027.
He said, starting from 2030 the battery energy storage system will begin to be massively developed in stages.
“Then the use of 100% green hydrogen for gas power plants is planned to be commercial starting in 2051,” he said.
Indonesia’s Energy Transition Roadmap
As is known, the development of nuclear power plants has been included in the energy transition roadmap in Indonesia.
To speed this up, the National Energy Council has proposed a Draft Presidential Regulation Concerning the Nuclear Energy Program Implementation Committee.
Member of the National Energy Council, Agus Puji Prasetyono, said that the construction and operation of nuclear power plants would greatly support the Indonesian Government’s commitment to achieving Net Zero Emissions (NZE) 2060, including reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 29% by 2030.
Large power, stable, carbon free nuclear plants have a big opportunity to replace steam power plants as a basic load electricity supplier.
“A strong industry must be supported by strong energy,” said Agus Puji, in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) forum regarding Socialization and Discussion of the Use of Nuclear Energy in Indonesia from an Environmental Aspect, in Yogyakarta, some time ago.
Agus Puji also explained the readiness of nuclear power plant infrastructure, referring to The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission to Review The Status of Indonesia’s National Nuclear Infrastructure by IAEA (2009), of the 19 items of nuclear energy infrastructure in phase one, 16 items are ready towards phase two and 3 items are not ready for phase two. The three points in question include national commitment, nuclear management/NEPIO and stakeholder involvement.
ThorCon Power Indonesia plans
Meanwhile, PT Thorcon Power Indonesia is planning to build a Nuclear Power Plant in Indonesia.
This plan was revealed when PT Thorcon Power Indonesia CEO David Davvaney, PT Thorcon Power Indonesia COO Bob S. Efendi met National Energy Council member Agus Puji Prasetyono recently.
“Nuclear will be one of the points in changing the National Energy Policy so that it fills a portion of the national energy mix in 2032 of 1 GW,” he said.
Nuclear has the lowest emissions compared to other generators.
“Emissions produced by coal can be 32 times higher than nuclear. Also in terms of system reliability, nuclear is very reliable. Moreover, according to surveys, public acceptance of the plan to build this nuclear power plant is already more than 70%,” said Agus.
David Davvaney explained that Thorcon Power aims to design, build and operate nuclear power by working with domestic and international partners on pilot projects.
“Thorcon Power plans to produce carbon-free electricity cheaper than coal with a 500 MW modular design concept,” he explained. (AT Network)
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