Depok, 3 Rabi’ul Akhir 1436/24 January 2014 (MINA) – Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, said that the IAEA supported Indonesia to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
“Nuclear Development here is in accordance with the IAEA’s procedures. We support and are ready to help Indonesia to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, “said Yukiya in a lecture titled “IAEA Support in Nuclear for walfare,” in the University of Indonesia (UI) Convention Center, Depok, Friday Jan. 23 .
Yukio said Indonesia had an important role in the Agency. Indonesia is a member the IAEA along with the other 57 member countries. Indonesia actively participated in various forums organized by the IAEA.
IAEA as an international atomic energy agency has provided infrastructure support to Indonesia in developing nuclear technology. The assistance were technical assistance and expertise.
For nuclear power plants in Indonesia, Yukiya stated, the development of electric power with nuclear energy need not to be worried.
IAEA was ready to help Indonesia in building a nuclear power plant (NPP), which is now being discussed by Indonesian Government. Three ASEAN countries which have developed nuclear for electricity are Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Yukiya is an highest officer in the IAEA since 2009 with a background in international law.
The public lecture addressed by Yukiya at the University of Indonesia (UI) Convention Center, Depok was held in cooperation between the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan), and the Nuclear Energy Supervisor Agency (BAPETEN) and the University of Indonesia (UI).
Yukiya’s public lecture in the UI was part of his three-day official visit to Indonesia.
Previously, Yukiya got an honor invitation to meet with Mohamad Nasir, the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education and Chairman of the House of Representatives Setya Novanto.
Yukiya also saw directly “Non-Destructive Investigation” (NDI) Laboratory owned by BATAN.
BATAN head, Djarot Sulistio Wisnubroto, said, the use of nuclear power in Indonesia has long been held by BATAN for various research for health purposes, as well as food and electricity generation.
Hospital utilized the nuclear power in radiotherapy for cancer therapy, the diagnostic radiology and interventional to draw a body, as well as the analysis of organ function.
The nuclear power has work well in the diagnosis of renal function, thyroid gland and cancer.
On the success of applying nuclear energy, Indonesia received an award at the IAEA General Conference, September 2014. Indonesia received the award of “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the FAO and IAEA in Vienna, Austria.
BAPETEN head, Jazi Eko Istiyanto said, beside great benefits, nuclear power also had the potential dangerous radiation.
He stated, the public, workers, and the environment need the principles of safety, security, and safe-guard to provide protection from the radiation.
“The government needs to monitor nuclear power backed by the law No. 10 of 1997. The law is a base for establishing the BAPETEN,” he said.
The supervisory agencies had broad authority for responsibility in execution of work in the field, especially regarding the protection of the public from the effects of radiation, particularly in the fields of industry and health that is progressing very rapidly.
The one-hour public lecture was attended by UI Rector Muhammad Anis, officials in the central administration, deans, students, the Echelon I and II officials, and the staff of BATAN and BAPETEN.
Beside giving the lecture, Yukiya Amano also visited the Laboratory of Medical Physics and Biophysics and Department of Physics FMIPA UI which their equipments sponsored by the IAEA.
Beside for education and research, the laboratory also provides services to the public as an implementation of nuclear power in the medical field. (L/P009/R05/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)