JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Gas power plant (PLTG) Borang with capacity of 100 MW in South Sumatera on Monday (Nov 3) resumes operation after securing gas supply from PT Medco Energi and Pertamina EP, a subsidiary of state owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina. The resumption of the power plant operation helps resolve power blackouts in the South Sumatera region over the past few weeks.
The state own electricity company PLN said in a media statement that the gas supply to the Borang gas power plant ended on Oct 13, 2014 as its gas supply contract expired. The company finally got gas supply from Medco after the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said at the weekend stepped in to help resolve electricity crisis in South Sumatera.
PLN said the gas from PT Medco Energi will be delivered in stages, from 8-10 million British thermal unit (MMBTU) initially and increased to 18 MMBTU in the following days.
Separately, the head for public affair of the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas business (SKKMigas) Rudianto Rimbono said that SKK Migas ready to allocate gas to meet the gas needs of power plants in South Sumatera.
As of Nov 3, PLTG Borang has resumed operation after the power plant got an assurance to receive gas supply of 24 MMSCFD of gas – 14 MMSCFD from Pertamina EP and 10 MMSCFD from Medco. “Therefore the electricity crisis in South Sumatera has been resolved,” Rudi said Monday.
Rudi said on Monday SKK Migas held coordinating meeting with top officials of the Directorate General for Oil and Gas (Migas), the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM), PT PLN, PT Pertamina EP and PT Medco E& P Indonesia. As part of the meeting results, PLN, Medco and Pertamina EP will amend the gas sales and purchase agreement contracts. (*)