THAI PRESS REPORTS--Section: Regional News - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wholly supports Indonesia to build nuclear-power plants, State Minister for Research and Technology Kusmayanto Kadiman told media last week.
IAEA Director Mohammed El-Baradei expressed his support on the sidelines of a recent IAEA meeting in Vienna, Austria. Besides, the agency proposed providing Indonesia with technical expertise and assistance in the selection of suitable locations for nuclear power plants, said Kusmayanto.
Indonesia is cooperating in studies on nuclear reactors with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and mulling construction of plants in the Muria peninsula in central Java, Madura, Bali and other locations.
The country is expected to build four nuclear power plants with a capacity of 1,000 mW per one at a cost of 1.5 billion USD each, by 2016 at the latest.
Nuclear electricity will be an important alternative energy in Java, Madura and Bali because the regions account for 60 percent of the country's electricity consumption, according to Kusmayanto.
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