Indonesia to begin huge coal-fired power plant project

Indonesia to begin huge coal-fired power plant project

Indonesia will soon build 40 coal- fired power plants with a combined capacity of 10,000 megawatts to help the country resolve power crisis, an executive said Tuesday.

The project will begin once President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issues a presidential instruction on the project on Friday, said Djuanda Nugraha, acting director of state-run electricity company PLN.

The engineering procurement and construction is scheduled in October and the whole construction is expected to take 36 months, meaning that all power plants will begin operate by 2009, he said in an open hearing with the House of Representatives’ commission four in charge of state-owned enterprises.

The project includes 10 coal-fired power plants on Java and Bali islands, which accommodate about 60 percent of population, and 30 more in other areas, he said.

PLN has earlier signed agreements on the coal-fired power plant project with a number of Chinese companies, including China National Technical Import Export Corporation (CNTIC) and China National Machinery.

Source: Xinhua

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