Indonesian nuclear plans draw foreign interest

29 April 2005 – The head on Indonesia’s National Nuclear Power Agency (Batan) Soedyartono Soentoro says that many foreign investors have shown interest in the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant.

A feasibility study on the project is expected to be completed next year.

Soentono said foreign investors are interested in building nuclear plant as it is more efficient than other power generating facilities. He said nuclear plant is much more expensive but it has a much longer lifetime of 40-60 years.

The government has long delayed the implementation of the project originally scheduled to start operation in 2006.