Indonesia to build first nuclear power plant

Indonesia will press ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in 2010, the Malaysia Sun reported on Wednesday, citing local press reports.

The nuclear power plant is due to be built at Mt. Muria in Central Java, and although it has yet to decide technological specifications and safety standards, construction will start in 2010, reported the Jakarta Post.

 "We are currently sounding out the necessary technology from other countries, such as Japan, the US, France and Germany, so as to make sure that we get the safest," said Natio Lasman, chairman of the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency.

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