Indonesia is already facing crisis in energy security marked by frequent blackouts notably in the regions, an expert said.
Arnold Soetrisnanto, a member of the Energy Technical Commission of the National Research Council, said development of nuclear energy is growing in urgency to cope with the crisis.
“Currently we need nuclear energy. No question about that,” Arnold said.
Coal fired power plants could no longer be relied to cope with deficit in power supply in all regions of the country, he said.
“If we rely on coal fired power plant we would need around 200 million tons of coal to meet power requirement all over the country,” he said.
He doubted that coal mining companies could guarantee supply of 200 million tons of coal per year to feed the countrys coal fired power plants.