IAEA and Indonesia's Batan Team Up on Nuclear Tech, Research

JANUARY 24, 2015

Jakarta. A new International Atomic Energy Agency Collaboration Center in Jakarta will develop new radioisotopes for industrial applications, resulting in more efficient processes and spurring healthy competition among the country’s industries.

IAEA director general Yukiya Amano officially designated Indonesia’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) as an IAEA Collaborating Center for Non-Destructive Diagnostics, Testing and Inspection Technologies in Jakarta on Friday.

“The designation of Batan as an IAEA Collaborating Center recognizes both its significant achievements in this field, as well as the close and valuable cooperation between Batan and the IAEA,” he said. “This will help build capacity and expertise in Indonesia, the region and beyond.”

The center will contribute to various IAEA activities in the region, including the training of scientists and the preparation of guidelines and protocols for various techniques, such as computer tomography, and digital radiography. It will also increase the production of radiotracers to be used in a wide range of industries, from steal to concrete and petrochemicals, optimizing industrial processes. This improved efficiency will result in lower production costs, while also reducing waste and pollution.

During his two-day visit, Amano met with Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi; minister of research, technology and higher education Muhammad Nasir; House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto; and Nyan Lynn, deputy secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations headquartered in Jakarta.

Amano also gave a public lecture at the University of Indonesia on “IAEA Support in Nuclear for Welfare.”

One of the areas discussed was Indonesia’s new energy policy as the government considers the possible introduction of nuclear power with the construction of a small, experimental power reactor.

“The IAEA will provide extensive support if the decision is made to press ahead with nuclear power,” he said.

The IAEA cooperates with Indonesia in a wide range of areas, including through its support of a radiology center in dosimetry, ensuring that patients undergoing radiotherapy receive the correct dose.

Last year, residents of Cikadu, West Java, who lost their homes in a landslide, were provided with food that had been irradiated to keep it from spoiling without affecting taste or texture.