Indonesia’s government has planned to construct a 30MW nuclear power plant, according to the nation’s Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

The location of the plant has not yet been decided but Bangka Belitung is considered as a leading contender as it is rich in uranium deposits.

According to Gusti Muhammad Hatta, Indonesia has one small reactor in Serpong, which was built 30 years ago and is used primarily for research.

“It is time to build a reactor that actually generates electricity,” he noted.

According to a survey conducted by an independent organisation for the National Nuclear Energy Agency, BATAN, 76.5 percent of Indonesians approve of nuclear development for scientific and technological purposes, such as energy development, health, animal husbandry and food security.

Jarman, General Director of Electricity and Energy Utilisation said the government expects to raise its power generation capacity by 5,000 MW/year in the 2014-2020 period to support the economy.-VNA