JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – In a move to anticipate power shortage in the Java-Bali island, the government has decided to build a giant coal-fired power plant (PLTU) with a capacity of 5×1000 megawatt (MW) in Cilacap, Central Java.
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Indroyono Soesilo said the power plant will be built by PT Jawa Energi Baru. He didn’t disclose the profile of the company.
The minister said the power plant is located near the existing power plant with capacity of 700 MW.
Minister Soesilo made the statement after holding a coordinating meeting with economic ministers under his coordination, which include the Maritime Affairs Ministry and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM). Under previous governments, the energy ministry is under the Coordinating Minister for the Economy.
Minister Indroyono Soesilo said the first phase of the power plant project with capacity of 2,000 MW should be completed by 2018. Large portion of the electricity from the power plant will be supplied to meet the electricity needs of the industrial area in Cilacap, Central Java.
The power plant will be located on a land owned by the Army (TNI AD). The government, he said, will transfer the land to PLN, pending on settlement of legal issues. In return, the investor which will built the power plant will rent the land from PLN.
Cilacap Regency Head Tatto Suwarto said the power plant will be built on 120 hectares of land. Of this, 67 hectares are owned by the Army, 20 hectares by the Cilacap Regency government and the rest is owned by local villagers.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said added that about 3,000 MW of the electricity from the power plant will be supplied to the industrial area in Cilacap.
The government is planning to develop 35,000 MW of power plants by 2020 to prevent electricity crisis on the Java and Bali Islands. The country’s demand for electricity continues to increase every year, driven by stead economic growth, which also leads to a rise in electricity consumption. (*)