NESA Review Mission to Indonesia
Nov 28, 2012
Indonesia is progressing well with its Nuclear Energy System Assessment (NESA), using the INPRO Methodology. Two experts from the INPRO Group travelled to Serpong, Indonesia, in October 2012 for a review of Indonesia’s draft Nuclear Energy System Assessment (NESA), together with the national NESA team.
“There is a strong commitment of the national experts to perform a high quality NESA study to demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the planned nuclear energy system in Indonesia”, said Mr Andriy Korinny from the INPRO Group.
Some forty experts from the Indonesian Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Indonesia’s regulatory body (BAPETEN) and the University of Gadjah Mada participated, together with all national experts responsible for the eight areas covered in the Indonesian NESA: economics, environment, infrastructure, reactor and nuclear fuel cycle safety, waste management, physical protection and proliferation resistance.
The Indonesian NESA has a complex scope, including mining, milling, conversion, import of enrichment services and initial cores of fuel assemblies, fuel fabrication, large light water reactors, small and medium-sized reactors, on-site and away-from-reactor dry storage and waste disposition, repository and potential spent fuel returns.
The study is in the first of four stages, which is familiarization with conducting the NESA in all assessment areas of the INPRO methodology for a selected nuclear energy system, and the last one being a full scope NESA. Examples of experiences from other countries, such as broad cursory assessments (Argentina and Ukraine) and a detailed NESA performed by an “embarking State” (Belarus) were presented.
The review meeting was timely and assisted Indonesia in building the NESA scope and sophistication, in order to serve as a basis for strategic planning and policy making in the future. The NESA may help inform the current national policy debates on nuclear safety, environmental and waste management sustainability.
A year ago, an INPRO ‘Kick-off’ meeting for the Indonesian NESA was held at BATAN under the IAEA Technical Cooperation programme, and IAEA experts trained the Indonesian team on the application of the INPRO Methodology.
In response to this NESA review mission, Indonesia will further refine its approach, collect the necessary data and complete Stage 1 of the NESA.