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State Research Institute “Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology” prepares specialists for nuclear energy in Indonesia

From October 22 to November 4, 2017, Dr. Budi Setiavan, Senior Researcher at the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia, was trained at the State Research Institute "Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology" (SRI “Chornobyl Center”).

Specialists of the SRI “Chornobyl Center” have developed a two-week training program on the theme “Radioactive Waste Disposal. Engineering barriers in radioactive waste management. Risk assessment. Measurement of radionuclides”. The program included a theoretical course on ordered topics, practical classes, visits to the exclusion zone and Chornobyl NPP.

According to Andrii Maksymenko, the head of the training, deputy general director of the Chornobyl Center, such training courses enable our experts not only to share their knowledge and practical skills, but also to exchange experience, learn about the organizational, technical, and methodical features of the work of partner organizations in certain directions of activity.

This training course continued the cooperation of the SRI “Chornobyl Center” with the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia, whose representatives last year underwent a three-week study on “Measuring the activity of radionuclides in specimens using spectrometric and radiometric equipment. Simulation of the distribution of radionuclides in the environment. Risk Assessment”.

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In 2015, the American company “Martingale Inc” entered into an agreement with the “Indonesia Thorium Consortium” on cooperation in the event of possible construction of an Indonesian molten-salt reactor (MSR). For this purpose, the “ThorCon International company”, which was engaged in the development of the MSR, was created. A preliminary analysis of construction of “ThorCon” in Indonesia was performed by three local state-owned companies. Their conclusion is that the reactor will be safe and cost-effective, so Indonesia can begin a program for coal stations replacement.

Will this technology be used for the first Indonesian nuclear power plant, will depend on the regulator, the National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN).

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