A Senior Researcher of the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia, Dr. Budi Setiawan, is trained at the Chernobyl Center from 22nd of October to 4th of November 2017.
The specialists of the Center have developed a two-week program of the training course ‘Radioactive Waste Disposal. Engineering Barrier in Radioactive Management. Risk Assessment. Radionuclide Measurement’. The program contains a theoretical course on the requested topic, practical exercises, visit to the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and to the SSE “Chornobyl NPP”.
According to the Head of the training, Deputy Director General of the Chornobyl Center, Andrii Maksymenko, such training courses give an opportunity for our specialists not only to share their knowledge and practical skills, but also to exchange their experience, to learn about the organizational, technical, methodological peculiarities of the work of the partner organizations in certain activities.
This training course continued the cooperation between the Chornobyl Center and the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia, which representatives completed last year a three-week training ‘Measurement of Radionuclide Activity in Sample by Means of Spectrometric and Radiometric Equipment. Simulation of Radionuclides Distribution in Environment. Risk Assessment’.
Reference. Indonesia, which is the third country in the world for oil production, has suffered significantly because of the decline in oil prices and intends now to move to the nuclear energy. According to the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia, Mohammad Nasir, Indonesia should urgently build a nuclear power plant to meet the country’s demand for electricity in the local market. Now there are three research reactors in the country.
In 2015, the American company “Martingale Inc” concluded an agreement with the Indonesian consortium “Indonesia Thorium Consortium” on cooperation on the possible construction of a liquid-salt reactor in Indonesia. With this purpose, the company “ThorCon International” was established, which engaged in the development of LSR. The preliminary analysis of the possibility of building “ThorCon” in Indonesia was carried out by three local state companies. Their conclusion is that the reactor will be safe and economically profitable, with its help Indonesia can start a program of substitution of coal stations.
Whether this technology will be used for the first Indonesian nuclear power plant depends on the Regulator, the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia BATAN.