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Indonesia approves nuclear plant
The Indonesian government has decided to build the country's first nuclear power station.

A spokesman for the Atomic and Nuclear Energy Agency, Deddy Harsono, said construction would start in 2010.

The plant will be built on the Muria peninsula in central Java, and will have four reactors, each able to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

Mr Harsono told the French news agency AFP that the site had been chosen for its tectonic stability.

There are regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Ideas of building the power plant have been on the drawing board for a long time.

Indonesia currently relies on coal-generated electricity as well as hydroelectric power and imported fuel to meet its energy needs.

But the rapid growth in energy consumption has put increasing strain on the nation's resources.

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