The Jakarta Globe reports that $US410 million electrical power project for a 220-kilometer long overhead-crossing transmission line spanning the straits between Java and Bali is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The segment crossing the ocean straits between Java and Bali will, according to developers, be the tallest power transmission lines in the world. Financed in part via a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Robert Pakpahan from the Indonesian Finance Ministry described “towers as high as the Eiffel.”
The high flung lines will have the capacity to transmit 1,500 megawatts of electricity.
The loan from ADB is for a 20-year period with a holiday from repayments for the first 6 years of the loan period.
Only 69% of Bali total power needs are currently met by two undersea cables and island-based generation facilities.
Plans are to double the submarine cables bringing power to Bali in 2014.
With the introduction of the overhead crossing towers in 2019, Bali is expected to have enough to sustain tourism and meet the growing demand for electricity in the immediate future.
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