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Giant power plant PLTU Batang enters construction phase

President Joko Widodo (wearing white T-shirt) surveyed the location of PLTU Batang.
President Joko Widodo (wearing white T-shirt) surveyed the location of PLTU Batang (Aug. 28, 2015)

JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – The giant coal-fired power plant (PLTU) Batang in Central Java is now entering construction phase after a delay of four years. The construction of the power plant with capacity of 2×1000 MW (2000 MW) is expected to be completed within 50 months or by 2020.

The power plant development is estimated to cost US$4 billion or around Rp56 trillion. It will bebuilt on 226 hectares of land covering 3 villages – Ujungnegoro, Karanggeneng and Ponowareng villages, Central Java.

The project was initially projected to be built since 2012 and completed in 2017. However, the delay clearing of the remaining 12,5 hectares of land, out of total 226 hectares required, has also postponed the construction phase.

President Director of PT Bhimasena Power Indonesia (BPI) Mohammad Effendi said that he expects the construction to be completed in 2020. “It is unlikely to be delayed again, as the construction phase can be planned,” he was quoted by detik.com as saying Thursday (March 24) after putting fences around the location of the power plant.

He said the Japanese partners are committed to complete the project on time once the construction kicks off.

BPI is a joint venture between Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (J-Power), PT Adaro Power which is a subsidiary of PT Adaro Energy Tbk (IDX:ADRO) and Itochu Corporation. The total investment is projected to reach US$4 billion.

Effendi admitted that BPI is glad that the remaining 12.5 hectares of land has been cleared after the Supreme Court issued a verdict on land dispute, therefore BPI can start the construction.

The Batang power plant is expected to boost power capacity of the Java and Bali island and help meet electricity demand in these two densely populated islands.

PLTU Batang is part of the Joko Widodo government’s ambitious program to develop 35,000 MW of power plant within five years (2014-2019).

President Joko Widodo officiated the groundbreaking of the construction of coal-fired power plant (PLTU) Batang in Central Java, the largest in South East Asia (ASEAN) on Aug. 28, 2015.

President Joko Widodo has made the development of the power plant as a priority as it will help achieve the government’s target to develop 35,000 MW of power plants in the next three years. (*)

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