Jakarta: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif supported development of nuclear energy. However, he admitted it cannot be done at this time.
In a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VII, Arifin said the development of nuclear power plants was still constrained by high costs. Therefore, if it was built without formulating a suitable scheme, it will result in high electricity prices.
Based on data obtained from Japan, which already operates nuclear power plants, electricity costs reach USD30-USD40 per kilowatt-hour (kWh)
"At this time, the costs still need to be studied, because the investment will also be very large," Arifin said in the Parliamentary Complex, Senayan, Central Jakarta on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
According to Arifin, another important aspect is to socialize the use of nuclear power plants to the public so that later there is no fear of using nuclear power.
The former Indonesian Ambassador to Japan further said that Indonesia has the potential for nuclear energy to be developed for electricity systems, but the amount is not significant.
One of the Independent Power Producers (IPP) most interested in developing nuclear in Indonesia is
The US-based Thorcon International Pte.Ltd has prepared an USD 1.2 billion investment to build a Thorium Power Plant (PLTT) in Indonesia with a capacity of 500 Megawatts (MW).
Head of Research and Development of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Dadan Kusdiana stated that the issue of commercialization must be further studied by Thorcon
"They claim the price is USD7-USD8 per kWh. But the study must be proven, and it takes time," said Dadan.