On 25 June 2015, Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE) in collaboration with researchers from the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University held a workshop on “Nuclear Power and Small Modular Reactors in Indonesia: Potential and Challenges” where the Executive Director Ad Interim of IIEE, Dr. Hakimul Batih moderated the workshop. Prior to conducting the workshop, IIEE prepared a preliminary study on nuclear energy development in Indonesia. The workshop was attended by about 40 participants. Those who attended the workshop included: researchers from the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University (Dr. MV Ramana, Dr. Ali Ahmad, Dr. Bernadette Kafwimbi Cogswell), Nautilus Institute and the University of Melbourne (Dr. Richard Tanter) and a number of energy stakeholders (government ministries/institutions, private sector, non-government organisations, academics, energy experts) in the country. At workshop, speakers delivered presentations as follows:
- Dr. MV Ramana (Researcher, Nuclear Futures Laboratory & Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University), “Small Modular Reactors in the United States”
- Ir. Maritje Hutapea(Director of Various New Energy and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources), “Indonesia’s Energy Policy”
- Ir. Arnold Soetrisnanto(Chairman of Indonesia Nuclear Society), “Deployment of Nuclear Energy in Indonesia”
- Dr. Jazi Eko Istiyanto, M.Sc(Head of Indonesian Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency), “Evaluating Safety of Nuclear Reactor Designs”
In addition, other various topics were covered in the interactive discussion session. Within the interactive discussion, participants gave their insights and views regarding the idea of nuclear power plant constructions. Some additional meetings between the IIEE, the Princeton University team and nuclear energy stakeholders were also performed in order to capture clearer views on the potential and challenges of both Nuclear Power Plant and Small Modular Reactor in Indonesia.