Nuclear Saves Budget, Former President Habibie Says

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former Indonesian President BJ Habibie said that Indonesia should have turned its eyes on constructing a nuclear-powered power plant to save more of the State Budget. "Nuclear is [good to generate] electricity and I don't think there will be a problem," Habibie said in Jakarta on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

    Habibie explained that the public should not need to be concerned about safety issues because the nuclear will only be used to generate electricity. "Many developing countries have been using nuclear power plants and currently has no issue with it," said Habibie.

    Habibie said that the use of nuclear could save budget and its electricity can be used to optimize public transportation technology.

    The Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation had planned to develop a nuclear power plant in 2024. "The fact is we are lacking in electricity, although we have been using new and renewable energy, nuclear is still needed. Hopefully, in 2024-2025, we could own a reactor," said Rida Mulyana, Director General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation.

    Rida said that the government's plan to own a nuclear power plant is not merely an expectation, but rather a necessity to fulfill future needs of electricity.

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