JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – State electricity company PT PLN said it has started operating gas turbine power plant (PLTG) Gorontalo in Gorontalo province, Sulawesi Island with capacity of 4×25 MW or 100 MW. The operation of the power plant will help ease power shortage in the province.
PLN said the Gorontalo gas power plant is the first of the power plant project under the 35,000 MW power plant program to be developed by the government in the next five years or so.
PLN said in the first phase, PLTG Gorontalo will operate with capacity of 50 MW. The electricity from the power plant has been connected with the North Sulawesi and Gorontalo power grid system.
PLTG Gorontalo is located in Marisa, Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo. The power plant uses four turbines (TM 2500+) produced by General Electric. The turbines were transported from Belgium in September 2015 and arrived in Tomini, Marisa on Nov. 7, 2015.
PLN said the peak electricity consumption of Gorontalo is around 80-85 MW, however, the electricity supply is only 50 MW.
The construction of the power plant began in early September last year by state owned construction company PT PP. Initially, PT PP said the construction is projected to be completed in six month. This means the construction of the plant was completed earlier than plant.
Mochamad Ichsan, site manager of PLTG Gorontalo, said earlier PT PP initially employed around 250 workers in the construction of the power plant. In November, it added 150 more workers in order to speed up the completion of the project. (*)