energy East Kalimantan (Kaltim) provincial government continues to seek the replacement of non-renewable like coal. Through the Regional Research and Development Agency (Balitbangda), the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) is considered the right choice in the future.
Head of Kaltim Balitbangda Dwi Nugroho Widayanto said the idea was in line with the vision and mission of Kaltim RPJMD (middle term development plan) 2013-2018 of increasing the competitiveness of people’s economy based on natural resources and renewable energy. NPP, he added, is a new source of energy to replace the coal.
“I have proposed it to the governor (Awang Faroek Ishak). Let say building an NPP with a capacity of two thousand megawatts. We can do it in Kaltim and Kaltara (North Kalimantan),” he said.
He added the uranium reserves spreading from Kubar in East Kalimantan to West Kalimantan (Kalbar) would last for 300 years. The findings were already presented to the Ministry of Research and Technology. Dwi said the technology has advanced so it would be safe. Moreover the development would need at least 10 years to complete. So, he said, it would be done very carefully.
Determining the location is also done very carefully. According to him, there are two types of nuclear people talking about. The first is nuclear for weapons and the second is nuclear for the welfare of human being. According to him, many people still think it’s nuclear for weapons. In fact, it is the second type, the nuclear for people’s welfare.
“Unknowingly, we boarded the plane in contact with radiation. Buying fruit imported from abroad, it is also irradiated to make it long lasting. It is safe to eat. At the hospital, it is in the form of the laser radiation. In addition, it can be useful for agriculture and livestock,” said Dwi.
For that reason, currently the Buluminung Nuclear Industry-Science Techno Park (BNISTP) is being built. It is located in Buluminung, Penajam, North Penajam Paser, East Kalimantan. This facility will produce nuclear for health and agriculture. For example, by using the nuclear to make plants resistant to the pests and diseases, as well as high productivity.
“Irradiators kill bacteria, so that fruit cannot rotten easily. It’s better than using the harmful chemicals. It should be developed in East Kalimantan,” he said.