Exploring nuclear power: Russia's outreach to Indonesia

Exploring nuclear power: Russia's outreach to Indonesia

Russia is proposing collaboration with Indonesia in the realm of nuclear power generators, offering assistance that spans potential financing to workforce training. The Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva, highlighted Moscow's interest in aiding the Southeast Asian nation in harnessing nuclear energy.

Vorobieva noted that a significant portion, 20 percent, of Russia's current electricity output is sourced from nuclear plants. She emphasized Russia's position as the home of the world's inaugural nuclear power facility, located in Obninsk, which ceased operations in 2002 after running for 48 years. Expressing readiness to support Indonesia whenever it decides to incorporate nuclear power generation, Vorobieva emphasized Russia's extensive experience in this energy domain during a Jakarta press briefing.

She asserted that Russian nuclear plant safety measures currently surpass those of the sites afflicted by catastrophic incidents like Chornobyl and Fukushima. Vorobieva suggested that smaller reactors might suit Indonesia's archipelagic landscape, mentioning the technology of floating nuclear plants, which Russia already operates.

Vorobieva highlighted Russia's involvement in global nuclear power plant initiatives, citing the example of financing 90 percent of Bangladesh's $12.65 billion Rooppur nuclear power plant project, repayable over 28 years with a 10-year grace period. Positing that a nuclear power plant could contribute to Indonesia's vision of a green capital in Nusantara due to its minimal emissions, Vorobieva stressed that Russia possesses the technology to manage nuclear waste effectively. Russia aims to aid in the development of these power plants and offer expertise to train Indonesian personnel in operating the technology.

However, Vorobieva emphasized that the decision rests with the Indonesian government, which is exploring various options for nuclear power, not limited to Russia. Economic ties between the two countries were also mentioned, showcasing Russian investment in Indonesia and the significant trade volume between them.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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