Government ensures nuclear power plants included in national electricity plan

Jakarta – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) confirmed that nuclear power plants will be included in the revised National Electricity General Plan (RKUN). Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (NRE EC) Eniya Listiani Dewi stated that the government is finalizing the form of organization to coordinate nuclear power plants in the country through the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO).

“Meanwhile, the RKUN has been included in the nuclear energy mix,” she said in an official statement on Wednesday, March 27.

According to him, several investors have shown interest in investing in nuclear development in the country. “There are several, as far as I know. Thorcon has initiated the SMR (small modular reactor) type, then Russia, so several have started to enter, but we will make sure the organization first,” Dewi added.

The government recently accelerated the target of commercial operation of nuclear power plants to 2032 from 2039 in the national zero-carbon emission road map. The plan appears in the revision of Government Regulation (PP) of the Republic of Indonesia Number 79 of 2014 concerning the National Energy Policy (KEN), which was approved by the National Energy Council (DEN) at the end of the previous year.

In the context of completing the revision of the PP, the government is currently drafting a statement letter between relevant ministries to be submitted to parliament. The plan is to set the installed capacity of nuclear power plants in 2032 at 1 gigawatt (GW) to 2 GW.

The acceleration of the NPP commercial target is expected to increase investment certainty in one of today’s clean energy alternatives. PT PLN (Persero) President Director Darmawan Prasodjo welcomed the move, stating that the revised 2021-2030 Electricity Supply Business Plan (RUPTL) will be aligned with the RKUN.

“PLN has been working to pursue the finalization of the new RUPTL, and this is the first time in Indonesia’s history that the RUKN and RUPTL will be aligned. This is remarkable,” he said.

With the estimated significant growth in electricity consumption until 2060, new renewable energy (NRE)-based power generation will remain a key focus. PLN plans to increase the share of renewable energy-based power plants to 62 gigawatts (GW) in the revised 2021-2030 RUPTL, valid until 2040. (Hartatik)

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