President Wants Ministry to Boost 35,000 MW Program

Friday, 29 September 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB -

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan (middle) accompanied by Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar (second left) after holding a press conference on the achievements in energy and mineral resources sector at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Jakarta, Thursday (28/9). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan asserts the 35,000 MW program won’t change, and it follows the directions of President Joko Widodo and achieves the targets. The government will continue increasing the electrification ratio.

"Mr. President instructs us to continue the 35,000 MW program. In 2019, 17,000 MW is expected to be completed compared to the end of 2014. However, we will calculate at the end of 2019," Jonan said in a press conference on the work cabinet’s achievements in energy and mineral resources sector until the period of September 2017, Jakarta, Thursday (28/9).

Jonan added that five years from now on, half of the power plants are expected to be operated in the period or in the Commercial Operation Date (COD). Meanwhile, half of the projects are expected to be completed optimally in 2025.

According to Jonan, economic growth becomes one of the factors in the installed electric capacity. The remaining continues. "I hope it would be completed in 2023, 2024, or 2025. The program follows the economic growth that’s expected to reach 7-8%, but only reaches 5%. It’s reflected. Demand for electricity also has a reflection. Demand for electricity once reached more than eight percent, six percent, and now per one semester may reach less than three percent," Jonan added, as quoted from esdm.go.id.

He also explained that the electrification ratio has reached 93/08% until September 2017, or surpassing the target in 2017 that only reaches 92.75%.

In 2017, until September, the total capacity of power plants has reached about 60,000 MW. Meanwhile, the 35,000 MW program is progressing, 773 MW power plant has been operated commercially/COD. 15,226 MW power plants are under construction. 10,225 MW power plants are still under Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), but the construction hasn’t started yet. Besides that, 4,563 MW is under procurement process, and 6,970 MW is in a planning stage.

Here are the details about the progress of 35,000 MW program that’s developed by the State Electricity Company (PLN) and Independent Power Producer (IPP).

A. Developed by PLN
1. 168 MW has been operated commercially/COD.
2. 5,205 MW under construction
3. 5,884 MW in planning and procurement stage

B. Developed by IPP:
1. 605 MW has been operated commercially/COD
2. 10,061 MW under construction
3. 10,225 under contract
4. 5,649 in planning and procurement process

Besides electricity from 35,000 MW program, there is extra 480 MW capacity that’s been installed. The extra electricity is generated by Sewa Amurang Marine Vessel Power Plant (MVPP) for 120 MW, Sewa Sumut MVPP for 240 MW, Sewa Kupang MVPP for 60 MW, and Sewa Ambon MVPP for 60 MW. (rm)

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