GIAT (Energy for the People) was established in 1993. The secretariat is in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. This organisation was positioned as a place to become a bridge of student activist to enter to the NGO's world in servicing the communities. Mostly members of GIAT come from student activists. Some members also come from NGO's activists. The aim is to collect idiological point of views to the intregated justice.
It is a small organisation, the ambition is to create a huge opinion in the community and they are aware of the danger when the nuclear power plant to be constructed in Muria Peninsula, Central Java, Indonesia. The aim is to create awareness of the community and to give objective understanding in case nuclear power plant will be constructed in Indonesia. The target is to build a movement to halt NPP. Giat also informs about alternative choice of energy. The organisation already exist and supported by the community and other organisations.
The program of GIAT is especially to organise the community. Some programs run by GIAT are discussion, workshop, training, publication and on spot observation in Jepara. We plan to develop some researches on alternative energy resources which is practical to the community. The activities above are funded local community and other domestic organisations.
There are other organisations in Indonesia which also work for the same issue. Some works in local community in the "first ring" of Jepara and GIAT which is placed at about 150 km from the location, GIAT works for the "second ring" of the community around Central Java. This is how we cooperate with other organisations, and the rapid understanding about this issue in the community will create bigger impact to the goverment's policy in Indonesia. However, as a mass organisation, GIAT also works in networking system with other organisation in indonesia as well as other countries. GIAT still try to find more partners to work in this issue to halt what is planed by the Indonesian goverment to construct nuclear power plant, even as the last alternative, because we realise, that Indonesia which is rich of energy resources will never lack of it, even for the next two decades.
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WHERE IS THE PLANT WILL BE CONSTRUCTED
Where is the Plant will be Constructed
Jepara is known as a place of hand-made crafts teak wood
industry. It is very famous in Indonesia and already exported
to some countries. Jepara is about 60 km to the north of
Semarang, the province capital of Central Java. There is a
inactive mountain called Muria. Java island lies at the
conjunction of three tectonic plates, the main structural units
of the earth surface. US Geological Survey indicates that Java
to be the second most active of nine international seismotectonic zones. The danger of geological risk, faulty design
and human error are serious problems, unfortunately, the
Indonesian government chooses nuclear power plant is "the best
and cleanest" energy.
Indonesia really do not have the technical expertise to operate
safely a nuclear plant and all the associated activities,
including transportation and disposal of extremely dangerous
materials. It seems that after the western countries refused to
construct another nuclear plant, they will export their experts
and of course their "new" design to the developing countries, including Indonesia.
The government's plan is to spread industry in Java island.
There are two main industrial estates in West Java and East
Java, however she plans to develop in Central Java. The
argument is that both side of Java island already complex with
problem (environment and labour), but Central Java is less of
environmental problem and the cheapest wage of labour.
There was a debate of the site for the plant. Since 1976 the
government was already run the feasibility study. Jepara
regency is the proposed site. Some researches were done in
Ujung Watu, Grengengan and Ujung Lemah Abang villages. And this
feasibility study was developed in 1987. Some international
companies were involved, Framatone (French), Kraftwerk
(Germany), AECL, Mitsubishi Heavy Inds. (Japan), Westinghouse
(U.S.), Ansaldo (Italy) and Motor Columbus (Switzerland). The bid was very tight as many companies involved in this work.
The last feasibility study was done by NewJEC, a subsidiary of
Kansai Electric Co. under the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It
took 4.5 years with the total budget of 1.5 billion Yen. The
fund came from Japan 85% and Indonesian government 15%. In 1992
the NewJEC tried to get loan from Japannese ODA (Overseas
Development Assistance), however the Japanesse protested.
Finally she got assistance from the Japanesse EXIM Bank at the
amount of USD 15 million. While the Indonesian side was taken
from the project budget of the BATAN (National Atomic Agency).
The Indonesian government refuses to release the result of
feasibility study, even the NewJEC was warned not to publish it
to the Japanesse. The ministry of Environment was angry, as
they were not involved in the feasibility study, and they found
some environmetal aspect had been ignored in the feasibility
study. Recently the parliament approved the nuclear regulation
offered by the government. It will smooth the way to construct
NPP, as the regulation tends to company's benefit and take
aside a referendum which is one of IAEA's conditions in
The government already proposed Ujung Lemah Abang village. It
is the final choice of the first 600 Mw nuclear plant. The area
owned by the government as a chocolate plant. It helps her
because it avoids the land compensation issue. Since 1981, the
Japanesse experts worked in this vilage, and recently there are
many foreigners come to the village. The government also
prepared the next village of Bondo. They are constructing Steam
Electric power. It seems that this power is planned to support
the construction of the first nuclear plant in Ujung Lemah
It is very difficult to halt the plan of the Indonesian
government to construct the nuclear power plant, even when all
domestic organisations and the community are united. Another
support from outside is needed. One thing you are able to do
is, join us now to campaign this issue to your community, to
strengthen our solidarity to halt export of nuclear power plant
to developing countries, including Indonesia. Any kind of
supports are welcomed to: GIAT
STOP EXPORT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO INDONESIA
Stop Export Nuclear Power Plant to Indonesia
Indonesia has many natural energy resources that aren't
optimally evolved. The scheme of energy development in the
community is inefficient and worst of all, Indonesian
government agrees to construct NPP in Jepara, central java.
Eventhough they say that NPP is the last alternative, we are
aware that they will positively construct NPP in Muria
Peninsula. If this happens, it will be a nightmare to all
Indonesian and neighbouring countries. As western countries and
Japan realize the danger of NPP and try not to construct new
NPP in their own countries, they compete to export this old
fashioned technology to the developing countries. The problem
is, if this idea suceeds, Indonesia will be the first
developing country which imports NPP and will be followed by
other countries. That is way, the first export of NPP must be
halted otherwise it will spread to other developing countries.
It is a new decade when the comminity of developed countries
refuse to live side by side with Nuclear Power Plants. Some
developed countries already aware the danger of NPP and try to
develop another energy resources, but not to nuclear. Some
communist and ex-communist countries can not afford the budget
of NPP. We see how the Ukraine government can not expense to
close the nightmare of Chernobyl plant, even for the G-7 which
promises to expense the closing of Chernobyl, they can not fix
the date, but only predict that in 2000 they will pay the cost
of Chernobyl's decomisioning.
The nuclear experts in developed countries are worried when the
time comes to an end, there is no more nuclear plant to be
constructed in their areas (and the community against it). The
experts from communist and ex-communist countries are now
unemployed. They are also human being like us who have
ambitions to survive with their skills. Then what will they do
The best choice is, find a new market. Come to Asia, where the
industry is developed and the governments have ambitions to run
after the industrialised countries in western countries and
Japan and the community is still easy to be reigned by their
own governments and there is no nuclear experts.
In South-east Asia, the Philippine plans to reconstruct the
Westinghouse Bataan's nuclear power plant. The Thailand
Kingdom also plans to construct NPP, the government already proposed the area for the feasibility study. The Indonesian
government already finished the first feasibility study of the
Muria's NPP. The regulation already finalised by the
parliament. Even when the government says that it is the last
choice of energy resource, we realise that Indonesia has many
kinds of natural energy resource. It will never end, even for
our grand grand childs.
So, what can we do, there is only one word, say NO to Nukes.
If you need more information or have any idea and want to support our movement, all contributions are welcomed, please
contact us now.
The Energy for the People (GIAT)
Contact person: Nana Suhartana (mr)
Tel & Fax no. : 0062 - 271 - 63 22 43
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Bank's name :
DANAMON Bank, Indonesia (BDI) Solo, G. Subroto Branch
Account no. : 0 5 1 . 0 9 0 - 0 5 7 2 5 . 6