(Serpong, 07/03/2020), the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) together with other stakeholders began the work of a feasibility study of nuclear power plants (PLTN). This was conveyed by the Head of BATAN, Anhar Riza Antariksawan at the Kick Off Meeting of the Implementation of National Research Priority (PRN), Feasibility Study on Commercial Scale NPP at Grand Zury Hotel, BSD Serpong, Thursday (02/07).

Anhar said, the Kick Off Meeting was used as initial coordination to start commercial scale feasibility study activities for NPP. This feasibility study is one of the tasks given by the government to BATAN as the coordinator of the national research priority program in the energy sector.

"Initial coordination is carried out in order to get the same understanding in conducting future studies. "The study conducted by BATAN assisted by several agencies is only the Pre-project phase or one phase of the three phases of nuclear power plant construction," said Anhar.

The results of activities in this phase, according to Anhar, are expected to be taken into consideration when the government decides to go nuclear or no go nuclear.

Anhar emphasized that the decision to build a nuclear power plant was not in BATAN. BATAN is responsible for conducting studies and preparing documents that help the government especially the President when he will later decide to build a nuclear power plant. If later the nuclear power plant will indeed be built, it can be ensured that the funds do not come from the state budget.

To carry out the National Research Priority program activities in the energy sector BATAN is collaborating with several agencies including Research and Development of Electricity Technology and New Renewable Energy (P3TEK) Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, BPPT, and Gadjah Mada University.

Deputy of Information Technology, Energy and Materials, BPPT, Eniya Listiani Dewi, through a video conference said, BPPT is ready to help BATAN to carry out feasibility studies on Commercial Scale NPPs. BPPT has human resources who have contributed in building power turbines, with this experience, BPPT hopes that it will be able to synergize with BATAN in carrying out national research priorities.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Center for the Study of Nuclear Energy Systems, Suparman, explained that the Feasibility Study of the Nuclear Power Plant carried out by BATAN and some of these co-workers will produce technical documents which will be considered in several aspects. This feasibility study will cover site and non-site studies and is targeted to be completed in 2021. (SET)