Russia is ready to assist Indonesia in building its own nuclear power plant, according to the Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Alexander Ivanov.

Developing a renewable energy cooperation with Indonesia was part of a new mechanism of Russia-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) relations, Ivanov said at a press conference yesterday.

The Indonesian Government is planning to set up a nuclear power plant to improve the country’s electricity grid and reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Currently, Indonesia has three small nuclear reactors in Serpong, Banten, Yogyakarta and Bandung, West Java, with a combined capacity of 90MW of electricity.

Ivanov said the Russian Government has allocated $1.75m to finance joint projects, a workshop on renewable energy for ASEAN and the establishment of the ASEAN Center.