April 21, 2021, 05.38 AM

“We prioritize safety and sustainability by diversifying various energy sources, reducing dependency on any one energy source, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Though he understood that the public still perceived nuclear power plants as unsafe due to fear of meltdowns like those in the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011, it still will not deter him.

“We will sign an MoU with the University of Bangka Belitung and carry out a survey of Gelasa island to determine its suitability for the nuclear power plant,” said Bob S. Effendi, the head of PT Thorcon’s offices in Indonesia.

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“We will survey the location for the plant and raise public awareness of nuclear energy. We believe that the nuclear power station will cause a multiplier effect that can benefit the public economically."

Most of all, the low-cost electricity will benefit both the public and industries in Bangka Belitung.”

While Bangka Belitung Governor Erzaldi Rosman also supports the government’s efforts to provide power for the public, he did not do so unreservedly.

“I urge all parties to thoroughly review the availability of the nuclear power plant’s materials, as well as the potential effects on the environment and on the public,” he warned.

“[Thorcon] and the government need to enlighten the public [on nuclear energy], starting with schoolchildren and university students.” The government aims to use at least 23 percent of renewable energy by 2025.

(Writer: Heru Dahnur, Pangkalpinang Contributor | Editor : Aprillia Ika)



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