Boosting 35,000 MW Program

Monday, 08 May 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB - Economy

Numerous workers of PLN are seen installing household electricity at small region Pulau Bajo, Kwangko Village, Dompu Village, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Rabu (19/4). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The Energy and Mineral Resources Minister has reported that the 35,000 MW power plant development program has operated power plants with 743 MW capacity until April 2017. The achievement is considered interesting as most of the operations of 743 MW power is dominated by power plants with clean energy fuel.

The 743 MW power capacity comes from 37 power plants spread in Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nasa Tenggara and Papua. 30 of 37 power plants use clean energy, such as natural gas, solar, water, and biogas.

"Only 7 power plants that still use diesel fuel," said Sujatmioko, Head of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Communication, Public Information and Partnership Bureau, as quoted from the official website of the ministry.

Sujatmiko explained that the power plants operated by diesel machine and use Solar diesel fuel are located in remote regions and border areas, such as Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara Timur, and Papua. "Diesel Power Plant is chosen because it can be built quickly to encourage the economic growth in the regions," he explained.

Meanwhile, one of the power plants that uses clean and eco-friendly energy is located in Gorontalo. Gorontalo Peaker power plant has the capacity of 100 MW and uses natural gas. Gorontalo Solar Power Plant with 2 MW capacity is also operated at the same location.

Meanwhile, 16 new power plants have been operated in Sumatera. Spread from Lampung, Bangka Belitung, Jambi, Riau to North Sumatera Province. All of the power plants use natural gas as the main source of energy.

Besides that, the operations of Mobile Power Plants (MPPs), such as Paya Pasir MPP in North Sumatera, also use natural gas as an energy source. The power plant has the capacity up to 75 MW and has been fully operated since February 2017.

Meanwhile, a Mini Hydro Power Plant (PLTM) has been developed in Banyumas Regency, Central Java. PLTM Logawa Baseh power plant has been operated commercially in February 2017.

In Kalimantan, the government has developed 4 MPPs, Pontianak 1 to Pontianak 4 MPPs. The MPPs has contributed 100 MW power, and all of them are operated with natural gas as the energy source. Pontianak 1 to Pontianak 3 MPPs have been fully operated in January 2017. Meanwhile, Pontianak 4 MPP had been operated earlier at the end 2016.

Lombok 1 and 2 MPPs in Nusa Tenggara Barat also use the same energy source. Both of the MPPs use natural gas as the energy source.

Previously, the government has made a commitment to provide 35,000 MW power. They have targeted to provide 20,000 MW power in 2019 to increase the electrification ratio in Indonesia to 99.7% in 2019.

According to Sujatmiko, the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister controls the program strictly as equal power distribution is essential to attract investors.

The 35,000 MW program was initiated by President Joko Widodo in 2015 to fulfill the need for electricity in Indonesia.

Besides the operations of power plants with 743 MW capacity. The Energy and Mineral Resouces Ministry also reported that the other power plants with 13,816 MW capacity are under construction. The contract for 8,210 MW power plants project is being signed. 5,845 MW power plants are under procurement process, and the remaining 7,212 MW power plants development is being planned.