TEMPO.CO, Pangkalpinang - The plan to build a nuclear power plant (PLTN) in English Bay, West Bangka regency, Bangka Belitung province, will probably not be materialized.
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo firmly said that the government has not considered a nuclear power plant as a solution to address electricity crisis in the province.
"We have not thought of building the power plant. However, we’re going to build electricity power plants in the near future. For a long term solution, we are going to build more power plants," the President said in his working visit to Bangka Belitung, Sunday (21/6).
Regarding electricity crisis in Bangka Belitung, Jokowi said that he would instruct Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Minister of State-owned Enterprises to go to Bangka Belitung to tackle electricity problems there.
"Actually this (power outage) does only happen in Bangka Belitung. Almost all provinces also experience power outage. However, for Bangka Belitung, there will be a solution. We’re going to replace broken power plants with new ones," Jokowi added added.
President Jokowi further said in the next six months, there would be additional sufficient electricity from power plant and building more power plants will be done as a long-term solution.
"Starting next week, I will ask State-owned Enterprises Minister to inspect to the ground to tackle problems related with energy and electricity,” the President concluded.