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PLN kicks of construction of Lontar power plant unit IV  

JAKARTA (– Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Friday officiated the groundbreaking of Lontar coal-fired power plant (PLTU Lontar) Unit IV with capacity of 315 MW, located in Lontar village, Kemiri sub-district, Tangerang, Banten.

PLTU Lontar is one of power plant projects to be developed by the state electricity company PT PLN, West Java unit. The electricity from this power plant unit will be supplied to meet electricity needs of consumers in Jakarta and Banten province, totaling 206,000 new customers.

PLN President Director Sofyan Basir said the project requires investment of Rp6.8 trillion with target completion of 42 months or end of 2019.

The power plant project is part of PLN’s drive to support the Joko Widodo government’s drive to develop 35 GW of power plant capacity until 2019.

The President has insisted that the project must be continued although some players and investors have cast doubt that the projects will be completed in time.

President Joko Widodo said why his government push the 35 GW power plant program is because the densely populated Java and Bali would need additional power capacity of 21 GW by 2019.

“There is a huge need for additional power capacity of up to 21,000 MW until 2019. Otherwise, there will be ower shortage in 2019,” he said.

The powerplant (PLTU Lontar Unit IV) was built on 11 hectares of land with total cost of US$225 million, 18 billion yen and Rp1.58 billion. PLN received funds from JBIC to develop the plan without guarantee from the government.

The construction (EPC) of the project was carried out by Sumitomo Corporation, Black and Veatch International Company and local contractor PT Suryamitra Surya Perkasa. (*)

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