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Power to the People

PLN Adds Four New Coal-Power Plants to the Java-Madura-Bali Power Grid

(10/17/2013) Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inaugurated the operation of four steam-generated power plants (PLTU) in Java with a total power capacity of 2,550 megawatts. The four new power plants are located in Pacitan, East Java.

The senior manager of corporate communication for the Sate Power Board (PLN), Bambang Dwiyanto told Beritabali.com that the four coal-driven power plants will enhance the Java-Madura-Bali power grid. “Although the power reserves for Java-Madura-Bali power grid are currently sufficient, with power consumption increasing 7% each year and peak consumption at 22,381 megawatts, we need to add a minimum additional capacity of 1,500-2,000 megawatts annually, “ he explained.

Bambang Dwiyanto said the four new plants form part of an accelerated program to use coal-powered stations to increase power capacities by 10,000 megawatts in part of what is known as Phase One of the Fast Track Program (FTP-1).

To date, 5,070 megawatts of the targeted 10,000 megawatts have been successfully brought on line. Meanwhile, 2,115 megawatts are currently undergoing testing prior to commissioning, while a final 2,119 megawatt are in the construction process and scheduled for completion in 2014.