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Indonesia making progress on 35,000 MW program

Of the government’s 35,000 megawatts (MW) program, power plants with a combined capacity of 1,358 megawatts were in operation as of Jan. 15, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said in a statement on Sunday.

He said power plants with a combined capacity of 466 MW had been constructed by state-owned electricity firm PLN, with power plants contributing a further 892 MW constructed by private companies known as independent power producers (IPP).

He explained that power plants with a capacity of 538 MW were constructed in Sulawesi, with 455 MW constructed in Sumatra, 135 MW in Maluku and Papua, 126 MW in Kalimantan, and the remaining 104 MW constructed in Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

He added that power plants with a combined capacity of 17,096 MW were now under the construction – 5,657 MW by PLN and 11,439 MW by private firms.

He added the government had signed contracts for the construction of power plants with a combined capacity of 12,724 MW and that therefore the government only needed a further 4,682 MW to complete all the programs that were  intended to be completed by 2019.

“Power plants generating roughly 20,000 MW are set to be in operation by 2019,” he added, as reported by tempo.co.

In addition to the 35,000 MW program, the government had also fast tracked programs I and II and the regular 7,800 MW program, said Agung.

From the three programs, power plants generating 6,395 MW were in operation, he said.

Currently, the national electrification ratio sits at 95.35 percent, exceeding the target of 92.75 percent. (bbn)

Source: Jakarta Post