BANDUNG - Indonesia's first research reactor, the TRIGA Reactor, is even 54 years old, and until now the reactor, located on Tamansari Street No. 71, Bandung is still operating and functioning properly.
The reactor with an initial capacity of 250 Kw was inaugurated by the first Republic of Indonesia President Soekarno in 1965 which marked the beginning of the development of nuclear technology in Indonesia.
Head of the Center for Applied Nuclear Science and Technology (PSTNT), National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Jupiter Sitorus Pane said, to increase reactor capacity, then in 1971 the reactor power was increased from 250 kW to 1000 kW which was then increased in April 1996 power for the second time to reach 2000 kW.
"This up-grading process has been carried out until the nuclear commissioning stage and the achievement of 2000 kW of power and the name of the reactor was changed to the 2000 TRIGA Reactor and the operation was inaugurated by Deputy Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri on June 24, 2000," he said.
According to Jupiter, the TRIGA 2000 Reactor, which has been suspended since 2011 to 2016 due to reactor control rods has exceeded its operating limit, namely the amount of fuel fraction to fuel exceeding the required 50 percent and the need to strengthen the reactor building structure in anticipation of accidents as which has been recommended by the Nuclear Energy Supervisory Agency (Bapeten).
"In order for the reactor to continue to operate safely and safely in serving the community, BATAN seeks to make its own control rods by utilizing domestic materials and strengthening the structure of the reactor building," said Jupiter, at the PSTNT Building, Bandung, Monday (18/02).
Jupiter stated, since May 29, 2017, the TRIGA 2000 reactor was re-operated after obtaining an operating permit from Bapeten and the need for an effective and efficient reactor utilization program, so that the existence of the reactor could provide benefits and improve the welfare of the wider community.
"The reactor utilization program is aimed at increasing the mastery of Indonesia's nuclear technology," he said. (Parno)