A story I stumbled across. Even though SBY appears to be withstanding intense lobbying from all manner of no-doubt corrupt motherfuckers wanting to cash in on the unimaginably huge contracts, the lobby group he is facing seems to be extremely strong. The groups will no doubt be backed by the Russians and South Koreans who seem determined to build a nuclear facility in Indonesia. Can you imagine Indonesians running a nuclear facility? They can't even build or manage a busway without fucking it up or stealing? God help us. These lobby groups are pushing so hard they believe the whole catastrophe is a done deal.

However, it gets worse. Read down the story to the six planned uses of nuclear technology in Indonesia and read the part about use for NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY. Shudder!!!!!! Watch out Australia. They hate you.

Local companies could be expected to control 25% to 30% of the nuclear power plant sector due to its high investment value and advanced technology required. The total investment value for a single nuclear power plant with 1000 megawatt capacity is about US$1.5 billion, says a government agency.
The National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (Batan) said on Wednesday that nuclear power plant investment in Indonesia would mainly be controlled by foreign companies that had advanced technology.
“Major companies that have shown interest to invest in nuclear power plants in Indonesia are from the United States, Japan, South Korea and France. Indonesia’s role [in investment] will probably be about 25% to 30% due to the high investment and advanced technology,” Batan spokesman Ferhaz Aziz said after a press conference held to welcome International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei to Indonesia.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said earlier this week, however, that Indonesia had not yet decided to proceed with its own nuclear power program.
Aziz said the government was still setting up a national team to oversee nuclear power plant developments in Indonesia. The team, he said, would appoint an agency responsible to manage companies involved in nuclear power plant projects. The team consists of officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Batan, the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Authority (Bapeten) and state-owned companies, including state electricity company PLN.
“We hope by early next year the team has already been established so that by the end of next year the open tender can be offered to the private sector,” Aziz said.
Bapeten Chairman Sukarman Aminjoyo said it had prepared a regulation to support the nuclear power plant development and is waiting for state secretary approval.
Aminjoyo claimed the government hoped to operate nuclear power plants by 2017 and start the project in 2010. “The government has to complete the regulations in 2008 to achieve the target,” he said.
The secretary of the state minister of research and technology, Hudi Hastowo said the government had already prepared a milestone for nuclear power plant development as well as the human resources.
Hastowo said the usage of nuclear energy was an alternative solution to cover energy needs in the future. The ministry planned to use nuclear energy in six sectors including food, energy, information communication technology, transportation, technology for national defense and security and health and medicine.
“The 2006 energy outlook predicted that the nuclear energy usage will reach 16% in 2030 while use of electricity power will continue to increase, meaning that nuclear power plant development will continue to increase,” he said.
Hastowo also said electricity power plant development using nuclear energy would be competitive compared to other energy sources.
“In terms of production costs, using nuclear energy is much cheaper because it only comprises 20% of the sale price compared to when using fuel oil that reaches up to 60% of the sale price. Prices of other energy sources such as coal and gas are equivalent to fuel oil, which is highly volatile,” he said.
The IAEA supports the government’s plan to develop nuclear energy for peaceful intentions under the scheme of technical cooperation.
“Within the past two years, the IAEA gave support to Indonesia by financing 100 Indonesian nuclear scientists to participate in international and regional training. The IAEA also helped 180 people participate in many international meetings. Within the same period, 16 nuclear scientists have signed contracts to conduct research,” Aziz said.
The IAEA allocated US$1.339 million to finance eight projects for the 2007-2008 period. The projects, which are in line with the nuclear power plant development in Indonesia, comprise preparation for nuclear power plants and preparation of supporting regulations, codes, guides and standards for a nuclear power plant.
According to Aziz, ElBaradei’s visit to Indonesia was to create public awareness about the benefits of nuclear energy development for peaceful intention. Currently there are 26 nuclear power plant developments across the world, 15 of them are in Asian countries.
Safety is the main priority in nuclear power plant development. Hastowo said IAEA countries had credibility to guarantee safety for countries that follow IAEA standards in developing nuclear power plants.
“Indonesia adopts IAEA standards in developing PLTN and as its member, Indonesia will lose its IAEA membership if it does not follow the standards,” he said.
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