The South Sumatera Governor Alex Noerdin on Saturday (March 14) said the power plant is expected to start operating soon. “If you look at the progress, I am optimistic the power plant could start operating in April 2015,” Noerdin was quoted by Sriwijaya Post as saying on Saturday.
Noerdin made the statement while accompanying the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) Sudirman Said paid a visit to the power plant.
PLTU Banjarsari is developed by an independent power producer (IPP) PT Bukit Pembangkit Innovative (BPI), a joint venture between PT Bukit Asam, PT Pembangkit Jawa Bali, a subsidiary of PLN, and PT Navigate Innovate Indonesia. The power plant has a capacity of 220 megawatt (MW) or 2×110 MW.
The construction of the mine mouth power plant began in 2012. The completion of the power plant was originally planned for late 2014. The main contractor to build the power plant was China National Electric Engineering Co. Ltd. (CNEEC), which was supported by project supervisory Black & Veatch International (BVI) of the US. The transmission project with capacity of 150 kV was developed by PT Citacontract.
Apart from PLTU Banjarsari, PT Bukit Asam is currently developing a number of power plants, namely PLTU Tanjung Enim with capacity of 3×10 MW in Tanjung Enim, PLTU Pelabuhan Tarahan with capacity of 2×8 MW and PLTU Biomassa with capacity of 1.5 MW. (*)